Elizabeth Dutchess of Hamilton, Brandon, &c.
London, Printed for John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill.
Mezzotint with very large margins. 325 x 225mm (12¾ x 9")
Elizabeth Gunning (1733-90) met James Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton and Argyll, at a party in London. Robert Walpole reported that he insisted that they marry that night, and called for a local parson to perform the ceremony. However, without a license, calling of banns and a ring, the parson refused, so they married that night in Mayfair Chapel. Her sister Maria (1733-60) was also a beauty who married well, in her case George William Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry. Andrew Miller (d.1763), was an engraver in Dublin. Challoner Smith notes 'Nearly all the prints by Miller are of very great rarity' (p.921).
CS: 21. Ex. Collection of the Hon.Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34421] £240.00