1759-1760 Elizabeth Drax, Countess of Berkeley by Sir Joshua Reynolds (auctioned by Christie's)

This is her article in thepeerage.com:  "Elizabeth Drax F, #108749, b. circa 1720, d. 29 June 1792

Elizabeth Drax was born circa 1720.2 She married, firstly, Lt.-Col. Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley, son of Vice-Admiral James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley and Lady Louisa Lennox, on 7 May 1744. She married, secondly, Robert Craggs Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent on 2 January 1757 at Springs Garden, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, England. She died on 29 June 1792.2 She was buried on 30 June 1792 at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England.

She was the daughter of Henry Drax and Elizabeth Ernle. As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Drax was styled as Countess of Berkeley on 7 May 1744. From 7 May 1744, her married name became Berkeley. She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to HRH The Princess of Wales in 1745. From 2 January 1757, her married name became Nugent.

Horace Walpole writes "there is nothing as black of which she is not capable."

Children of Elizabeth Drax and Lt.-Col. Augustus Berkeley, 4th Earl of Berkeley

Frederick Augustus Berkeley, 5th Earl of Berkeley+ b. 24 May 1745, d. 8 Aug 1810

Lady Georgiana Augusta Berkeley+ b. 18 Sep 1749, d. 24 Jan 1820

Lady Elizabeth Berkeley+1 b. 17 Dec 1750, d. 13 Jan 1828

Admiral Hon. Sir George Cranfield Berkeley+ b. c 1754, d. 25 Feb 1818

Children of Elizabeth Drax and Robert Craggs Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent

Mary Elizabeth Nugent, Baroness Nugent of Carlanstown+ b. 1758, d. 16 Mar 1812

Lady Louisa Nugent+ b. 1758, d. 1830."

From Wikimedia.

Countess Nugent wears her hair short and straight with some flowers for decoration and a fur-trimmed wrap in this Reynolds portrait from about 1759-1760.

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