Hugh Douglas Hamilton, R.H.A. (Dublin 1739-1808)
Robert King, 2nd Earl of Kingston; and Caroline, née Fitzgerald, Countess of Kingston
9 x 714 in. (22.8 x 18.4 cm) each, oval
The sitters, and by descent in the family.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 1 April 1976, lot 174 (£520).
with Agnew's, London.
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists, online edition, J.375.1529 and J.375.153.
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The Earl of Kingston is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. Robert, 2nd Earl of Kingston (1753-1799), was the M.P. for County Cork. He and his wife Caroline (1754-1823) hired the author and educational philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) as governess to their daughters at Mitchelstown Castle - she had a particular influence on Margaret, their eldest daughter, who became a well-known writer and political activist.
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