The estimate on this lot has changed. The revised estimate is 20,000-30,000.
Please note this picture should be catalogued as follows:
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A. (1802-1873)
Twelfth Night: Portrait of Louisa Jane, Marchioness of Abercorn, small full-length, in masquerade costume with a spaniel beside her, on the steps of a country house
with identifying inscription and date '1832' (lower left)
oil on panel
24 x 17 in. (61 x 45 cm.)
in a pierced and carved giltwood frame
Literature: A. Graves, Catalogue of The works of the late Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A., London, 1876, as 'Twelfth Night (Marchioness of Abercorn)' and as painted in 1836.
Engraved: J.H. Robinson, R.A., 1842
Louisa, Marchioness of Abercorn was the second daughter of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, K.G., and his wife, Georgiana Elizabeth, second daughter of George, 4th Viscount Torrington. She married James Hamilton, Marquess of Abercorn, later created 1st Duke of Abercorn, as his second wife, in 1832. Her husband whom she outlived, was Groom of the Stole to the Prince Consort (1846-59) and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1866 and 1868 and again from 1874 until 1876.
The sitter's parents, the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, were among the artist's most important early patrons. In the 1820s and 1830s Landseer was often to be found in the Duchess of Bedford's train, whether at Woburn Abbey or in Scotland (where the Duchess retreated with her children in the summer), and he portrayed many of her children. Among the most impressive of these portraits was that of'Lord Cosmo Russell on his pony Fingall' which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 (see Richard Ormond, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, Catalogue to the Exhibition at the Tate Gallery, 1981, p.63, no.22). The success of such family portraits was perhaps what encouraged the Duke and Duchess to make more adventurous commissions such as that for the heroic sporting painting 'The Hunting of Chevy Chase', the most important work inspired by Landseer's discovery of Scotland, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1826 (R. Ormond, op.cit., pp.64-68, no.23). Lady Louisa Russell was first portrayed by the artist in 1825 and she was to remain a lifelong friend of his. This portrait is one of several which Landseer made of her.