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Lady King, Countess of Kingston, née Helena Moore, in white dress with yellow sash tied around waist, white bandeau and yellow ribbon in her powdered curling hair
on ivory
oval, 2¾ in. (70 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the surround engraved 'Helena, Countess of Kingston. B 1773. D. 9 Decr 1847.' on the obverse and 'Cosway. Prinxit. [sic]' on the glazed reverse centred with gold initials HCK on plaited hair; associated red leather case (2)
By direct family descent.
G. C. Williamson H. L. D. Engleheart, George Engleheart 1750-1829. Miniature Painter to George III, London, 1902, p. 102.
G. A. Usher, Gwysaney and Owston. A History of the Family of Davies-Cooke of Gwysaney, Flintshire and Owston, West Riding of Yorkshire, Denbigh, 1964, illustrated between pp. 64 and 65.
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Lot Essay

Lady Helena King, Countess of Kingston, was the daughter of Stephen Moore, 1st Earl of Mountcashell (see lot 106) and his wife Lady Helena, née Rawdon. She married, in 1794, George King, 3rd Earl of Kingston (see lots 122 and 128). In the year of their marriage they were both painted by Engleheart (op. cit.).
For another portrait of the sitter in older age by Sir William Charles Ross, and portraits of two of her sons, Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough (1795-1837) and Robert Henry King, 4th Earl of Kingston (1796-1867), see lot 143.

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