Edward Fisher after Sir Joshua Reynolds
19.5 x 29 inches
A full-length mezzotint engraving by Edward Fisher after the portrait by Joshua Reynolds, published in London in 1761.
Elizabeth Keppel was born in 1739, the 5th daughter of the 2nd Earl of Albermarle and his wife Lady Anne Lennox. She was one of Queen Charlotte's bridesmaids in 1761. In 1764 she married Francis, Marquis of Tavistock who died accidentally in March 1767. It was said that she was desperately in love with her husband and consequently pined away after his death and then died herself in November of the following year. Her elder sons were the 5th and 6th Dukes of Bedford and her youngest son, born after his father's death, was murdered by Courvoisier in 1840. Her descendent was, of course, Alice Keppel the infamous mistress to King Edward VII and great grandmother of Camilla Parker-Bowles.