Susanna (née Robinson) Lady Delaval
attributed to Benjamin Wilson, c.1760
- Country House
- Doddington Hall
- Susanna (née Robinson) Lady Delaval
- Long Gallery
- Medium and support
- Oil on canvas
- Overall height: 236 cm, Overall width: 147 cm
- attributed to Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788)
- Catalogue Number
- Lettered bottom left 'Susannah Lady Delaval'
The present composition is in fact based on an earlier portrait in the Drawing Room at Doddington (DN53) of Rhoda Apreece, Mrs Francis Blake Delaval, by Arthur Pond, and a related second version of the same sitter, also attributed tentatively to Pond at Seaton Delaval.2 In the earlier portraits of Rhoda Apreece the sitter’s ermine-edged mantle is blue and the drapery behind is red, whereas in the present portrait of Susannah the mantle is red and the drapery is green. The technique and handling of the portrait is also quite different. A possible attribution to Benjamin Wilson is suggested here, with a date of c.1760.