Family tradition identifies this as a young girl who married in 1769 and died in childbirth soon after.
Sir William also had his portrait painted by another artist than Reynolds when Sir William traveled to Italy in 1729-1730. In Italy Sir William bought art, mainly Canalettos. In 1731 he married Lady Lucy Wharton but they divorced 7 years later. Anna Bury became his wife in 1741. Reynolds paints Sir William wearing a brownish silk tunic and grey cloak with a red velvet hat lined in fur.
Clotworth Skeffington’s portrait was perhaps painted in London and was Reynolds’s most ambitious painting to date.
Rosse was an Irish peer and the portrait was likely painted in London. He married Olivia Edwards in 1754. The composition is derived from a portrait of James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, c.1634–35 by Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641) that is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Wife to Reverend Josiah Foote, Rector of Antony and Kingsteignton in South Devon. Mother of Captain John Foote.
Edward Eliot was MP for Cornwall and lifelong friend of the artist. Described as lively, most agreeable and very clever, he was a pall-bearer at Reynolds’ funeral nearly half a century after this portrait was painted.
The former Elizabeth Murray married John Kerley, a town official of Plymouth. Their son became a captain in the Royal Navy.