Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
Portrait of Lady Charles Bentinck 1816
Oil on Canvas, 88.9 x 68cm
Sold to Private Collector, UK
An important portrait of Lady Charles Cavendish Bentinck was the illegitimate daughter of the 1st Marquis of Wellesley. She first married Sir William Adby, 7th Bt. in 1806. However, after a much publicised and scandalous elopement with Lord Charles, she divorced Adby and in 1816 became the second wife of Lord Charles Bentinck, younger son of former Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland. Considerable social unease and notoriety would follow the event, such was the rare and exceptional nature of divorce, granted by Parliamnet, in the regency period.
Richard Wellesley (held Eton College) and Gerald Wellesley (Private Collection), the brothers of Lady Charles Cavendish Bentinck were also painted by Lawrence. This portrait has been confirmed to be an autograph work by Sir Thomas Lawrence by an artist's receipt taht confirms this attribution.
Provenance: Private Collection, USA.
Literature & References:
Historical Portrait's Archive, Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA. Portrait of Lady Charles Cavendish Bentinck (d. 1878) 1825c.
'My Lady Scandalous' by Jo Manning, Simon & Schuster, NY 2005, ill. p. 325