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Portrait of Lady Emily Cowper [later Lady Ashley, Countess of Shaftesbury]

After the painting, dated 1814, in the collection of the Earl of Shaftesbury

Copy after Sir Thomas Lawrence, English, 1769 - 1830

Made in England, Europe

19th century

Oil on canvas

21 1/8 x 16 7/8 inches (53.7 x 42.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

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  • PublicationBritish Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Emily Caroline Catherine Frances (1810-1872), first daughter of the 5th Lord Cowper, married on June 10, 1830, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), the great evangelical philanthropist, who is commemorated by the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus. Lawrence painted Lady Emily at the age of about three. Just before her marriage, Thomas Creevy described her, on March 3, 1829, as "the leading favorite of the town so far. She is very inferior to her fame for looks, but is very natural, lively, and appears a good natured young person.''1

    Richard Dorment, from British Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: From the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Century (1986), p. 200.

    1. Herbert Maxwell, ed., The Creevy Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence and Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevy, M.P. (London, 1903), vol. 2, p. 198.

    Allan Cunningham. The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters. Rev. ed., annotated by Mrs. Charles Heaton. London, 1879, vol. 3, p. 58; Ronald Sutherland Gower. Sir Thomas Lawrence. London, Paris, and New York, 1900. [with a catalogue of the artist's exhibited and engraved works compiled by Algernon Graves], pp. 120, 158, repro. opp. p. 54; Walter Armstrong. Lawrence. London, 1913, p. 124; Kenneth Garlick. Sir Thomas Lawrence. London, 1954., p. 33; Kenneth Garlick. "A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence." The Walpole Society, 1962-1964, vol. 39 (1964), pp. 60-61.