Elizabeth Fanshawe (1708-97), wife of Rear Admiral Charles Fanshawe
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir John Rogers, Bt., of Cornwood near Plymouth. On 17th August 1737 she married Rear Admiral Charles Fanshawe (see no.530) at St. Michael's Church, Cornwood, Devon. A few months after the marriage, Elizabeth accompanied her husband to the Western Station. In a diary she records going ?a board a ship for Carolina the 24th Dec 1737?, stopping at Gibraltar for 14 days for troops and arriving at South Carolina on 3rd May 1738. Together they had three children: John (1738-1816); Robert (1740-1823) (see no.40); Charles (1742-1814) (see no.21). After her husband's death in 1757, Elizabeth returned to Plymouth, where she died and was buried in 1797. This portrait was bequeathed by Elizabeth to her eldest son, John (1738-1816). This picture was previously dated to 1760, but this is far to late - Elizabeth looks to be quite young and the best suggested date of production would be 1725-1730.
Bust length portrait of a young woman seated at a table. She is wearing a silver coloured silk gown with a low neckline which is edged with linen frilling. The dress has short scallop edged sleeves, below which the white sleeves of her smock extend to her elbows. She has a shawl of a pale pink colour over her right arm and shoulder. She has her left arm on her lap and her right arm resting on the table. In her right hand she holds a book, and her right index finger is sandwiched between the closed covers, marking a page. She has brown hair piled ontop of her head in a bun, and has a thick ringlet of hair draped over her left shoulder. Set on a brown background, which has a corner of a wall shown on the left hand side.
Whole height: 900mm
Canvas height: 720mm
Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits