Miniature Portrait of Lady
Louisa Augusta Greville
Painted by the artist Gervase Spencer (1715?-1763)
Signed on the front GS 1751
Lady Louisa Augusta Greville (b.1743), aged 8, wearing black lace hooded cape over white dress and lace bonnet. Signed on the obverse with initials and dated GS/ 1751, inscribed on the reverse Lady Louisa/ Churchill/ Col. Greville's/ sister/ 1751, turned pearwood frame. Oval, 40mm high. Lady Louisa was the eldest of eight children born to Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick KT and 1st Earl Brooke (1719-1773) and his wife Elizabeth Hamilton. She married William Churchill in 1770. Through her mother, she was the niece of Sir William Hamilton, the British Ambassador to Naples and husband of the infamous Emma Lady Hamilton, who prior to her marriage had been the mistress of Louisa's younger brother Charles. Bonhams 25 Nov 2009, Lot 13.