Sir William Beechey, R.A. (Burford, Oxfordshire 1753-1839 London)
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Sir William Beechey, R.A. (Burford, Oxfordshire 1753-1839 London)

Portrait of Elizabeth Keene (d. 1845), half-length, in an extensive landscape

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Sir William Beechey, R.A. (Burford, Oxfordshire 1753-1839 London)
Portrait of Elizabeth Keene (d. 1845), half-length, in an extensive landscape
oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 24 in. (73.4 x 61 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in the family of the sitter.
William A. Clark (1839-1925), New York.
with Knoedler, New York, where acquired in November 1948 by Peggy and David Rockefeller and by whom gifted in 1976 to
Neva Goodwin.
Literature
W. Roberts, Sir William Beechey, R.A., London and New York, 1907, p. 223.
M. Potter et al, The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: European Works of Art, New York, 1984, vol. I, pp. 43 and 94, no. 12 (illustrated in black-and-white, p. 94).
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Beechey's account books indicate that a "Miss Keen" sat for the artist in 1790. Elizabeth Keene was the daughter and heiress of Whitshed Keene, Esq., M.P. for Montgomery from 1774 until 1818 and Elizabeth Legge, daughter of George, Viscount Lewisham. She married John Weyland of Woodrising, Norfolk, on 12 March 1799.
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