09 Portraits, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Some Old Time Beauties – Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry, with Footnotes. #195

Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–1789)
Portrait of Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry (1733-1760)

(also titled Portrait of a pensive woman on a sofa and Portrait of a young woman in Turkish costume sitting on a couch
Date 1749
Medium pastel on parchment
23.5 × 19 cm (9.3 × 7.5 in)
Museum of Art and History, Geneva

Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry (1733–30 September 1760) was a famous London beauty and society hostess during the reign of King George II. Born Maria Gunning in Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire, Maria’s beginnings were humble. She would go on to become one of the most celebrated beauties of her day…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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