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across top: ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF SR ROBT THROCKMORTON BART; on reverse: peint par N de Largillierre / 1729


Commissioned by the brother of the sitter, Sir Robert Throckmorton, 4th Baronet [1702-1791], and placed in the parlor of Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire (transferred to the Throckmorton manor house of Coughton Court in Warwickshire by 1855); by inheritance in succession to Robert Throckmorton's three grandsons,[1] Sir John Courtenay Throckmorton, 5th Baronet [1753-1819], Sir George Throckmorton, 6th Baronet [1754-1826], and Sir Charles Throckmorton, 7th Baronet [1757-1840], all of Coughton Court; by inheritance to their nephew, Sir Robert George Throckmorton, 8th Baronet [1800-1862],[2] Coughton Court; by inheritance in succession to his sons, Sir Nicholas William George Throckmorton, 9th Baronet [1838-1919] and Sir Richard Charles Acton Throckmorton, 10th Baronet [1819-1927], both of Coughton Court; by inheritance to his grandson, Sir Robert George Maxwell Throckmorton, 11th Baronet [1908-1989],[3] Coughton Court; (sale by order of "The Trustees of the Will of the Late Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, Bart.," Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 26 June 1964, no. 68); (Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London);[4] sold 29 October 1964 to NGA.

Exhibition History

European Old Masters, City of Manchester Art Gallery, 1957, no. 173, as Elizabeth Throckmorton in a Dominican Habit.
In Memoriam, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1969, unnumbered checklist.


Inventory of Portraits at Coughton Court. Original manuscript preserved at Coughton Court, 1855: 10.
Throckmorton, Charles Wickliffe. A Genealogical and Historical Account of the Throckmorton Family in England and the United States. Richmond, Virginia, 1930: 139.
Vertue, George. "The Notebooks of George Vertue - V." Walpole Society 26 (1937-1938): 26:105.
Waterhouse, Ellis K. "The Manchester Exhibition 1857." The Burlington Magazine 90, no. 657 (December 1957): 414, 415, no. 657, fig. 24.
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 73.
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 2:298, color repro.
Teyssèdre, Bernard. "Largillière's Portrait of Elizabeth Throckmorton." Art News 64, no. 9 (January 1966): 44-47, 68, color repro.
National Gallery of Art. European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. Washington, 1968: 63, repro.
Master Paintings. Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London, 1970: cited under no. 15.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 188, repro.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 326, repro.
Watson, Ross. The National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1979: 81, pl. 69.
Rosenfeld, Myra Nan. Largillierre and the Eighteenth-Century Portrait. Exh. cat. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, 1981. Montreal, 1982: 246-247, 274-275, repro.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 324, no. 429, color repro.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 221, repro.
Jackson-Stops, Gervase. The Treasure Houses of Britain: Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New Haven, 1985: 227, cited under no. 148.
Brême, Dominique. "Nicolas de Largilliere." In La Cour des Stuarts à Saint-Germain-en-Laye du temps de Louis XIV. Exh. cat. Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Paris, 1992: 108.
Rosenfeld, Myra Nan. "La culture de Largillierre." Revue de l'art 92(1992): 49, 53 n. 68, 50, repro.
Hemingway, Vincent, and Jeffrey Haworth. Coughton Court and the Throckmortons. Norwich, 1993: 18.
Levey, Michael. Painting and Sculpture in France 1700-1789. New Haven and London, 1993: 8, 10, color repro.
Radford, Ron. "Recent acquisitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide." The Burlington Magazine 145, no. 1201 (April 2003): 329.
Rowell, Christopher. "National Trust Acquisitions, 2003-2004." Apollo 160, no. 513 (n.s.) (November 2004): 72.
Radford, Ron. Island to Empire: 300 Years of British Art 1550-1850. Exh. cat. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2005: 91, 92, repro.
Rosenberg, Pierre. Only in America: One Hundred Paintings in American Museums Unmatched in European Collections. Milan, 2006: 124-125, 232, 238, color fig.
Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 68, 303-310, color repro.
Marshall, Peter, and Geoffrey Scott, eds. Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation. Farnham and Burlington, 2009: 190-192, 195, 196 fig. 7.4b.

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