Henrietta, Countess of Abergavenny (1730-1768) by William Hoare of Bath (auctioned by Christie's)

According to her article in thepeerage, she had a brief marriage to Richard Temple in 1748 before marrying George Neville, 1st Earl of Abergavenny in 1753. This could be a portrait from about the time of her first or second marriage.

Henrietta was born in 1730; her youth and the style of painting suggest the early 1750s. Her dress has sheer shoulder panels edged with ruffles and a ruffled bertha or ruff framing her square neckline.

Keywords:  Hoare - William, Henrietta Pelham, Pelham family, Neville family, Countess, British, curly coiffure, floral headdress, square neckline, bertha, close sleeves, ruffles, necklace, jeweled bodice, pendant


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