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Lady Layard (1843–1912)

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The sitter, Enid Guest, Lady Layard (1843–1912), was the daughter of the industrialist Sir Josiah John Guest (1785–1852). Her mother, the collector Lady Charlotte Schreiber (1812–1895), is better known by the name of her second husband. Lady Charlotte was the daughter of the 9th Earl of Lindsey and his second wife Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth Layard. This family connection was strengthened in 1869 when Enid married her much older cousin, the distinguished Assyrian excavator and diplomat Austen Henry Layard (1817–1894).

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    101.5 x 78.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1980


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