|Method||Etching and stipple|
|Artist||after Francis Cotes|
|Dimensions||153 x 110 mm|
A rare half-length portrait of Elizabeth Gunning turned to left. A reverse copy of the Richard Houston mezzotint.
Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton, Duchess of Argyll and 1st Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon (c. 1733-1790) was a celebrated Irish belle and society hostess, who first married James, the 6th Duke of Hamilton, and after his death remarried, this time to John, the 5th Duke of Argyll. She was a favourite at court, served as a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte, and was created Baroness Hamilton of Hambledon in her own right in 1776. Her sister Maria, was equally beautiful, and married the Earl of Coventry.
Francis Cotes (1726-1770) was an English painter, and one of the pioneers of English pastel painting. Cotes was also a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768.