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Little is known about Lady Scudamore, but this portrait appears to have been commissioned to commemorate the marriage of her son, John, later Viscount Scudamore, to Elizabeth Porter of Dauntsey, Wiltshire. The date of the wedding is inscribed top right; the motto, 'No Spring Till now', the wreath of flowers, and Lady Scudamore's melancholic smile suggest the regeneration and hope which the marriage must have represented within the family.
oil on panel
H 114.3 x W 82.6 cm
Purchased, 1859. On long-term loan to Montacute House, Somerset