Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey by Thomas Beach (auctioned by Sotheby's)

According to her Wikipedia article, "Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey (25 February 1753, St James's – 23 July 1821, Cheltenham) was one of the more notorious of the many mistresses of King George IV when he was Prince of Wales, 'a scintillating society woman, a heady mix of charm, beauty, and sarcasm.'"

Countess Frances wears an all black dress showing a relaxed, yet formal, style in this undated portrait. Her curly coiffure leads me to believe this was painted after 1789. Her bodice has a draw string and also appears to have a saw-tooth bertha.

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