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    Sale 7555

    Scottish Art The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

    23 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) and Studio

    Portrait of Margaret, Countess of Coningsby (d. 1761), half-length, in robes, a coronet on a table behind, in a feigned oval

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    Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) and Studio
    Portrait of Margaret, Countess of Coningsby (d. 1761), half-length, in robes, a coronet on a table behind, in a feigned oval
    with inscription 'Margt. Countess of Coningsby Eldest Daughter to Earl Coningsby by his 2d. Wife. ye Daughter of Richd. Earl of Ranelagh; A.D 1750 by Ramsey _' (lower left and right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    The sitter was the daughter of Thomas, Earl of Coningsby and his second wife, Frances, daughter and co-heir of Richard, Earl of Ranelagh. Her father had followed King William III to Ireland and had fought at the Battle of the Boyne. On William III's departure from Ireland, Coningsby was appointed Lord Justice and elevated to the peerage as Baron Coningsby, of Cianbrassil, Co. Armagh. In 1693, he was sworn of the Privy Council in England and later, in the reign of Queen Anne, was made Vice-Treasurer and Paymaster of the Forces in Ireland. King George I elevated him to the peerage as Baron Coningsby, of Coningsby, Co. Lincoln, and he was created Earl of Coningsby in 1719.
    In 1716, the sitter was created Viscountess Coningsby of Hampton Court, Herefordshire, and in 1729, succeeded her father as Countess Coningsby. She married Sir Michael Newton, but had only one son, who died in infancy. Her honours and those inherited from her father became extinct on her death in 1761.

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