Lady Mary Beauclerk – ca. 1793-1794

Lady Mary Beauclerk only child of Aubrey [Beauclerk], 6th Duke of St Albans, by his first wife Mary Moses;  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 022

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Painted by James Earl, was recently priced at $450,000 in a New York gallery.

The brother of artist Ralph Earl, James Earl came to England before 1787, having followed a band of loyalists, former American Colonists who fled to London after the American Revolution. It is thought he was a student of Benjamin West. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and was a well-known Loyalist in London. He returned to America and died of yellow fever in Charleston, South Carolina in 1796. In that city, he had painted a number of portraits and his intention of settling there for a long period was cut short by his death at age 35.  (Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State)

Lady Mary Beauclerk was the only child of Aubrey [Beauclerk], 6th Duke of St Albans, by his first wife Mary Moses, daughter. of John Moses, of Hull, Co. York.  She was born 30 Mar 1791, died 11 Sep 1845, and married George Coventry, 8th Earl of Coventry.

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