A portrait of the daughter of General Hugh Warburton (1695–1771) of Winnington Hall, Cheshire, Anne Susannah was joint-heiress to the Penrhyn estate through her grandmother, the daughter of Sir Robert Williams. In 1765 she married Richard Pennant, later Lord Penrhyn, who leased and in 1785 eventually purchased the other half of the Penrhyn estate. She was somewhat eccentric on the subject of animals, and according to Alice Douglas-Pennant, the author of the picture catalogue of 1902, `[she] used to dress up her pet dogs in little coats and bonnets and people used to say "Look at the Miss Pennants" when she had them in the carriage.' Anne Susannah's costume reveals the influence of French foreign affairs on English women's fashions in the early nineteenth century. Her turban a la Turque was inspired by the Turkish Embassy of 1802 and the ubiquitous cashmere shawl was popularised by the Egyptian Campaign of the 1790s, and proved indispensable for its warmth over the flimsy fabrics of the 1800s.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Penrhyn Castle
Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, LL57 4HN
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accepted by HM Treasury from Lady Janet Pelham and John Charles Harper, who assumed the name of Douglas-Pennant, in lieu of death duties from the estate of Hugh Napier Douglas Pennant, 4th Baron Penrhyn of Llangedai, and allocated to the National Trust, 1951