1756 Suzanna Beckford, by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Tate Collection - London UK)

The Tate Collection's notes for this portrait include this biographical information, "The present picture of Mrs Beckford, and that of her husband, was probably commissioned from Reynolds as a marriage portrait. Susannah Beckford (d.1803) was by then a very wealthy woman, the sole heir to the fortune amassed by her father, Richard Love of Basing Park, Hampshire. In February 1755 she married Francis Beckford (d. 1768), one of nine legitimate children of Peter Beckford, Governor of Jamaica, who had accumulated vast wealth from sugar and the slave trade. It was Francis Beckford's second marriage, his first wife having died in February 1754. According to the London Magazine for 1755 Susannah's personal wealth at the time of her marriage was £20,000."

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The Tate notes lead with this paragraph, "Among the most striking features of this portrait is not Mrs Beckford's face, but her opulent attire. She wears an open sacque dress (à la Francaise) of turquoise blue and silver watered silk, with matching silk trimmings on the bodice. The necklace, shoulder mantle and sleeve ruffles are of fine silk lace. Mrs Beckford's dark hair is unpowdered, and decorated with a headdress composed of ribbons and feathers, called a 'pompon'. Her jewellery includes clip-on earrings ('snaps'), probably made of paste, and on her wrists two black silk bracelets mounted with miniatures. The one on her right hand appears to be a bust-length portrait of a man in a blue coat, while the left one contains what may be a female figure in red, although the image is not legible. Their identity is unknown, although they may possibly have been her parents or other members of her immediate family."

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