Portrait of a Lady thought to be Elizabeth Campbell

by The Studio of George Henry Harlow (1787-1819)

George Henry Harlow was born in London in 1787, five months after the death of his father, a china merchant. Educated in London, finally at Westminster Harlow entered Lawrence's studio at the age of 15, where is was much influenced by Lawrence's style and use of colour. He remained with Lawrence for about 18 months until a difference over the authorship of a work led them to fall out. Despite there differences Lawrence, with some justification, considered him to be one of the most promising of all our painters. Harlow was also admired and encouraged by Fuseli. He exhibited at the RA and received patronage from HRH The Prince of Wales, Benjamin West PRA, James Northcote RA, Sir William Beechey RA. Harlow was reputed to have had an extravagant taste in clothes and travelled to Italy. Upon his return to London in 1819 he soon died from a throat infection and is buried at St James's Piccadilly.

The sitter in this portrait bares a very close likeness to that of Elizabeth Campbell, Marchesa di Spineto. She was married to the Marchese di Spineto, an Italian nobleman and scholar who became prominent in 1820 when he acted as interpreter for Theodore Majocchi, Queen Caroline's major-domo during her trial before the House of Lords. She was also painted by Sir Henry Raeburn RA PRSA (1756 - 1823).

Portrait of a Lady thought to be Elizabeth Campbell

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19th Century

Oil on canvas

35 x 26 3/4 inches, 89 x 68 cms

Christies, 27th June 1980, Lot 125;

UK Private Collection