About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Caroline D'Arcy, 4th Marchioness of Lothian (died 1778)
  • date created:
    About 1750
  • attributed to:
    Joseph Anton AdolfAustrian (1721 - after 1765)
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    238.00 x 147.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of the 11th Marquess of Lothian 1941
  • accession number:
    NG 1935
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
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