Sir Thomas Lawrence / Elizabeth Farren (born about 1759, died 1829), Later Countess of Derby / 1790Sir Thomas Lawrence
Elizabeth Farren (born about 1759, died 1829), Later Countess of Derby

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Creator Name: Lawrence, Thomas
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: British, 1769-1830
Creator Name-CRT: Sir Thomas Lawrence
Title: Elizabeth Farren (born about 1759, died 1829), Later Countess of Derby
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Creation Start Date: 1790
Creation End Date: 1790
Creation Date: 1790
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 94 x 57 1/2 in. (238.8 x 146.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 50.135.5
Credit Line: Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940

The Irish actress Elizabeth Farren made her London debut in 1777 as Kate Hardcastle in Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer." She was at the height of her career when this canvas was shown at the Royal Academy in 1790. Seven years later, she married the twelfth earl of Derby. This beautiful portrait helped to secure for Lawrence the role of successor to the elderly Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792).

AMICA ID: MMA_.50.135.5
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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