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    Mary Palmer, Marchioness of Thomond, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
    Portrait of Edward, 1st Lord Eliot (1727-1804). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A portrait by Mary Palmer (1750-1820), wife of Murrough O’Brien, Marchioness of Thomond and niece of Sir Joshua Reynolds, comes up at Sotheby’s annual Royal and Noble auction online until January 18.  Her portrait of the  activist, abolitionist and reformer Edward James Eliot, 1st Lord Eliot, MP and Treasury minister during the government of Pitt the Younger, is an almost direct copy of Reynold’s original from 1781.  No signed work by Mary Palmer is known but Sotheby’s say the inscription on the back would appear to securely identify this one as by her hand.  Mary married the fifth Earl of Inchiquin in 1792. They were created Marquis and Marchioness of Thomond in 1800 as a result of their support for the Act of Union.  Mary was chief beneficiary of Sir Joshua’s  will, receiving nearly £100,000 and his art collection.  The portrait is estimated at £7,000-£10,000 (€7,914-€11,305).

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