[Portraits of the Gunning sisters]Gratitude: A Poem. / Inscribed to the Right Honourable the Earl of Harrington, by John Gunning, Esq.r [...]
Mezzotint and letterpress, sheet 495 x 345mm (19½ x 13½"). Nicks and tears, and lower left corner missing; conservation work to repair; glued to backing sheet at corners. Very rare.
Portraits of three of the four Gunning sisters: Maria, countess of Coventry (bap.1732-d.1760), after Liotard; Elizabeth Campbell, duchess of Argyll and Baroness Hamilton (bap.1733-d.1790), after Gavin Hamilton; and Kitty Gunning (1735-73), after Cotes. The sisters were daughters of Colonel John Gunning of Castle Coote, Roscommon, Ireland, and grew up as impoverished members of the Irish gentry. The two eldest, Maria and Elizabeth, were famous beauties (they were admired by George II) and were brought to England by their mother to find them wealthy husbands. Both married in 1752, Elizabeth in secret. Maria became a figure of scandal for her public quarrels with her husband George William Coventry, while Elizabeth became a significant figure in Queen Charlotte's household. Poem by John Gunning beneath.
CS 57 'two known'. For Maria, see ref. 9220; for Elizabeth, see ref. 34421.
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