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Jane Gale was the daughter and sole heir of Matthias Gale of Catgill Hall, Cumberland. In 1776 she married her cousin, William Gale (1755–1818) of Conishead Priory, who adopted the additional surname of Braddyll the same year. Braddyll became an MP and Groom of the Bedchamber to George III. Mrs Braddyll, who also sat to Romney in 1777 and Hoppner in 1788, was painted by Reynolds in 1788. Surprisingly, the 4th Marquess of Hertford purchased it sight unseen, despite being informed by his agent Samuel Mawson that it was not in very good condition.
oil on oak panel
75.5 x 63 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1854; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897