This full-length imposing portrait was painted during the winter of 1841–1842, when the painter and sitter were staying at Harewood House in Yorkshire, the family home of Lord Penrhyn's mother Lady Frances Douglas. Edward Gordon Douglas, son of the Hon. John Douglas and grandson of the 14th Earl of Morton, married first in 1833 Juliana Dawkins-Pennant, daughter of George Hay Dawkins-Pennant and heiress of Penrhyn. He later married Lady Maria Louisa Fitzroy in 1846. He took the name of Pennant by the will of his first wife's father, and was created Lord Penrhyn of Llandegai in 1866. Lord Penrhyn is depicted in a doorway resembling the entrance to Penrhyn, but curiously, with the coastal landscape background painted in reverse, presumably for compositional reasons. The portrait is described in the 1902 catalogue written by Alice Douglas-Pennant, as, ‘Considered a good likeness, but the expression does not indicate sufficient strength of character’.
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
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