Francesco Bartolozzi after Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Honourable Miss Bingham
8 x 10 inches
One of the most attractive society beauties of the late 1780s. Lady Elizabeth Foster was the daughter of the Bishop of Derry, 4th Earl of Bristol. She married Thomas Foster in 1776 but made a second, more advantageous marriage to the 5th Duke of Devonshire in 1809. Her marriage to Foster was not a happy one and she sought refuge in Devonshire House in London where she was befriended by Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire and her husband the 5th Duke. There then began a very unconventional ménage a trois whereby Elizabeth Foster bore the Duke two children whilst remaining firm friends with the Duchess. The Duke died in 1811, soon after their marriage and in her later life she spent much time in Italy, finally dying in 1824.