Jane Countess of Harrington by Joshua Reynolds
June 3, 2013 3 Comments
It seems that Derbyshire links are popping up wherever I look. Opposite YCBA there is the fantastic and newly refurbed Yale Art Gallery. Amongst their many pictures ( including work by Stubbs, Picasso, Mondrian, Monet, Lictchenstein etc) I came across this lovely Joshua Reynolds . On closer inspection it turns out that the sitter is Jane Countess of Harrington and her sons. What’s the Derbyshire link? The Earls of Harrington’s owned Elvaston Castle near Derby, and Jane’s husband Charles Stanhope is buried there – anyone know where Jane was buried?
There are at least two more Reynolds portraits of Jane Harrington, one is at the Huntington Library, California (my favourite of the trio) and the other at Harewood House, Leeds.
Elvaston Castle seems to have been ignored by 18th and early 19th century visitors to Derbyshire. While other houses are visited or at least referred to, I have come across no reference to Elvaston in either unpublished journals or the published guides. Quite a few tourists entered the County by going from Nottingham to Derby, so they would have only been a stones throw away from the Castle.