About this artwork

Lady Charlotte was the daughter of the famously beautiful Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton and Argyll, and inherited her family's good looks.This portrait was painted when she was visiting Naples; Tischbein was captivated by her, and said that she was "more perfect than the best artist could have imagined". He has posed this classically lovely sitter like a muse or goddess in total harmony with the natural world around her. Lady Charlotte subsequently became a successful novelist, writing under her married name.

Johann Wilhelm Tischbein

Johann Wilhelm Tischbein