The sitter was the daughter of Thomas, 3rd Earl of Elgin. In 1707 she married George Brudenell, 3rd Earl of Cardigan of Deene Park, Northamptonshire. It was through the marriage that the Tottenham estate passed to the Brudenell family following her brother's death in 1747.
The canvas has not been lined.
The painting appears to be in good overall condition. There are two minor canvas creases running parallel from top to bottom approx. 15 cm. in from the left and right hand edges of the canvas. There is evidence of a thick uneven layer of discoloured varnish overall. There is no visible damage or paint loss except for a minor diagonal abrasion in the lower left hand corner measuring approx. 4 cm.
Examination under ultraviolet light confirms the opacity of the varnish as well as revealing minor areas of retouching to the creases mentioned above. There is some further very minor scattered retouching throughout the background and to the dress and evidence of infilling to old craquelure in the sitter's chest.
Held in a and plaster gilt frame.
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