Hugh Douglas Hamilton

‘Lady Conyngham & Child’, 20¾”×13½”,
Thos. Agnew, 1913, 300 copies @ 8 gns

Elizabeth (d. 1861) 1st daughter of Joseph Denison, a banker, married Henry Conyngham (1766-1832) the then 1st Viscount Conyngham of Mount Charles on 5 July 1794. He was created Viscount Mount Charles and Earl Conyngham in 1797 and in 1816 Viscount Slane, Earl of Mount Charles and Marquess Conyngham (all Irish peerages) as well as Baron Minster of Minster Abbey in the UK peerage. The child on her back is probably her first son, Henry, Earl of Mount Charles (1795-1824) who died before his father. Elizabeth was mistress of King George IV from his ascent to the throne (succeeding in that role Isabella, Lady Hertford, who had earlier supplanted Frances, Lady Jersey), the family living with the King, until his death. The background is probably a Co. Donegal landscape. The original painting was destroyed in the 1991 fire at Slane Castle.