Portrait of Maria Walpole, Duchess of Gloucester (Primary Title)

Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1735-1811 English (Artist)

ca. 1766–69
Oil on canvas
Framed: 44 × 36 in. (111.76 × 91.44 cm)
Unframed: 38 × 30 1/4 in. (96.52 × 76.84 cm)
Not on view
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
From Classic to Romantic: British Art in an Age of Transition, Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, October 29, 2010 - January 30, 2011

Cheek and the Arts, Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, November 29, 1985 - January 6, 1986

British Painting, The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville, VA, June 7 - July 7, 1985

Portraits, Chapter exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, May 2 - 31, 1984; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, June 4 - 29, 1984

Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg, VA, September 23 - October 15, 1962

Old Masters Exhibition, City of Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 1909, No. 31

Spring Exhibition, Whitechapel, London, 1906, #49

Collection of Maria Walpole [1736-1807], Gloucester and London until 1807. [1] Collection of William Frederick [1776-1834], Sixth Duke of Gloucester, Gloucester and London, until 1834; Collection of Princess Mary [1776-1857], Dutchess of Gloucester, London, until 1857. [2] The Duke of Cambridge, London. [3] Collection of C. Morland Agnew, London. Private collection, U.S.A. (Newhouse Galleries, New York) by 1955; [4] Purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in May of 1960. [5]

[1] Maria Walpole, Countess Waldegrave, Dutchess of Gloucester, was the wife of the Fifth Duke of Gloucester, William Henry, and was the sitter in the portrait. See VMFA Curatorial file.

[2] Princess Mary was the 11th child and 4th daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom. She married William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester, in 1816, and was his widow upon his death in 1834.

[3] Possibly Prince George [1819-1904], Duke of Cambridge.

[4] Painting was attributed to John Zoffany, R.A. Research shows that the painting was done by Nathaniel Dance-Holland. See Corey Piper, "A Contribution to the iconography of Maria Walpole (1736-1807): A Portrait by Nathaniel Dance (1748-1827)," British Art Journal 12, no. 2 (Autumn 2011): 9-13; and VMFA Curatorial file.

[5] Accessioned May 10, 1960. See VMFA Curatorial file.
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