Family tradition identifies this as a young girl who married in 1769 and died in childbirth soon after.
Sir William had his portrait painted by an artist other than Reynolds when Sir William traveled to Italy in 1729 and 1730. In Italy Sir William bought art – mainly Canalettos. In 1731 he married Lady Lucy Wharton but seven years later they divorced. In 1741 Anna Bury became his wife. Reynolds paints Sir William wearing a brownish silk tunic and grey cloak with a red velvet hat lined in fur.
Clotworth Skeffington’s portrait was perhaps painted in London and was Reynolds’s most ambitious painting to date.
Rosse was an Irish peer and this portrait was likely painted in London. He married Olivia Edwards in 1754. The composition is derived from a portrait of James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, c. 1634–35 by Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641) that is today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Wife to Reverend Josiah Foote, Rector of Antony and Kingsteignton in South Devon. Mother of Captain John Foote.
Edward Eliot was MP for Cornwall and lifelong friend of the artist. Described as lively, most agreeable and very clever, he was a pall-bearer at Reynolds’ funeral nearly half a century after this portrait was painted.
11-Elizabeth Murray married John Kerley, a town official of Plymouth. Their son became a captain in the Royal Navy.
Walter Kendall was Plymouth Dock’s town clerk.
Part of a collection of 6 or 7 Kendall family portraits painted in 1744 when Reynolds was 21 years old.
The identity of the sitter in a blue dress is uncertain. She may be an in-law of Walter Kendall.