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Henrietta Diana (1728–1761), Dowager Countess of Stafford

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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Henrietta Cantillon was 31 years old and had just married her second husband, Robert Maxwell, Baron Farnham when Ramsay painted her portrait. The artist sensitively explores the character of this young lady who smiles rather shyly at us. We can see how Ramsay excelled at painting women, as he captured the details of the varying textures of her fine costume with great skill and employed a sensitive touch for her fashionably powdered face and hair.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Date

1759

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 94.6 x W 73.7 cm

Accession number

3026

Acquisition method

presented by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest, 1955

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed/dated


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Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG Scotland

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