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Edith Phelips (1694–1772), Second Wife of Carew Hervey Mildmay

Photo credit: Government Art Collection

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Edith Phelips, the daughter and heiress of Sir Edward Phelips of Montacute, married Carew Hervey Mildmay (1690–1784), in May 1744. Her husband had been Private Secretary to Henry St John, later Viscount Bolingbroke, from 1709 to 1714, before retiring from public life to live as a country gentleman. This is a companion portrait to Herman van der Mijn's portrait of Mildmay of 1733, also in the Government Art Collection (GAC 4802). The painting is a rare example of a portrait of a female sitter by John Shackleton, who was appointed Principal Painter in Ordinary to George II in 1749.

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oil on canvas


H 239.5 x W 147 cm

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purchased from Christie's, 1997

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