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  • Joseph Anton Adolf
Caroline D'Arcy, 4th Marchioness of Lothian (died 1778)

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Caroline D'Arcy, 4th Marchioness of Lothian (died 1778) About 1750


  • Scottish Art
This portrait of Caroline D'Arcy was previously attributed to Allan Ramsay. They are now believed to have been painted by Adolph around 1750 when they were living at Blickling, Norfolk. Adolph had settled in Norfolk around this time. This life-size portrait shows Caroline in an elaborate red satin dress, standing against an autumnal landscape with the sun setting behind distant hills. The flat foreground acts like a stage on which she is presented as ‘performer’, delicately playing her guitar and demonstrating her musical accomplishment. Her alliance with music and harmony was perhaps intended to balance the military associations of their family, a consequence of her husband’s distinguished Army career.


  • Acc. No. NG 1935
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 238.00 x 147.00 cm
  • Credit Bequest of the 11th Marquess of Lothian 1941