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Barbara, Countess of Coventry (1737-1804) c. 1765
CRE WATSON, James; (Irish; 1740-1790) AFTER REYNOLDS, Joshua, Sir; (English; 1723-1792)
printed in black on laid paper
50.6 x 35.5
61 x 41 (sheet)
Recto: pencil inscription: "I. Reynolds pinx.t J Watson sc.t Barbara, Countess of Coventry". Numbered in ink b.r. "8". Verso in pencil: "Lady Coventry/Geo Selwyn's letters"
36 i/ii SMITH, John Chaloner 1880 British Mezzotinto Portraits, London, Henry Sotheran and Co. 1878-1883, 4 vols
Barbara, Countess of Coventry was the 4th daughter of Lord St John of Bletsoe; in 1764, she married George William, 6th Earl of Coventry, who had previously been married to the famous beauty, Maria Gunning. This impression is of the first state (out of four), i.e. an early printing, before the title with her name, and the artists' names were engraved.
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