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Lady Mary Ann Holbech Mordaunt (c.1778-1842) - Pastoral Landscape
  • Lady Mary Ann Holbech Mordaunt (c.1778-1842) - Pastoral Landscape

    Lady Mordaunt was the daughter of William Holbech of Farnborough (Warwickshire) and married Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bt, in 1807. She was clearly an accomplished amateur artist with some of her works being in the Royal Collection Trust and the British Museum. Lady Mordaunt travelled widely across the continent based on a Sotheby's sale in 1948 that included views of Switzerland, the Tyrol and Northern Italy.


    The aristocracy would often pursue the skill of painting and employ drawing masters to help them. Lady Mordaunt was known to have met Heneage Finch, Lord Aylesford and Lady Long, who were all competent amateur artists. The Royal Collection Trust also speculate that Lady Mordaunt may have used the artist David Cox (1783-1859) as a tutor.


    The present work work is reminiscent of the Monro School and their use of sepia colours. This likely places Lady Mordaunt's work towards the early decade of the 19th century.


    Medium: sepia and pencil on paper. 19 x 32 cm, framed.


    Provenance: Sanders of Oxford (label affixed verso).

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