Duchess of Sutherland by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland (auctioned)

This formidable-looking middle-aged woman is the notorious Duchess of Sutherland whose Wikipedia article is here, who preferred sheep to farmers. She must have been imbued with the "remarkable entrepreneurial spirit" and heard the market's call.

The Whiffenpoof Song ("We are poor little lambs who have lost our way")

The datable element of this portrait is the high coiffure and the sitter's age that date this to about 1775, maybe somewhat later.

Keywords:  Dance-Holland, Duchess of Sutherland - Elizabeth, Countess, Duchess, Gordon family, Sutherland family, British, high straight coiffure, square neckline, modesty piece, lace, brooch, clasps, wrap, fur

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