Coming Home: Lady Anne Clifford (until 22 June 2019)

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford) sees an unsung campaigner return home.

Abbot Hall takes part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project which is loaning portraits of iconic individuals to places across the country that they are most closely associated with. 

This means the gallery is able to show off the finest portrait of Lady Anne Clifford, which is in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) spent much of her life in a long and complex legal battle to obtain the rights of her inheritance.

This portrait of her, by William Larkin, (c1618), is an excellent example of those commissioned by members of the Court of Charles I.

Her fascinating fight is known through her diaries and the magnificent The Great Picture, painted in 1646 and on permanent show at Abbot Hall.

The Lady Anne Clifford portrait, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, will be hung alongside the portrait of her mother, Lady Margaret Russell, Countess of Cumberland, which was also painted by William Larkin. 

Anne’s mother was the only person who supported her campaign. The arrival of this important portrait sees mother and daughter reunited in Cumbria.

Helen Watson Director of Programming at Lakeland Arts said: “We are delighted be taking part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home initiative. We will be bringing Lady Anne Clifford home and uniting her with her mother, who campaigned for her daughter’s right to inheritance until her death. Lakeland Arts will tell the story of Anne’s fight.” 

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  • Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford) by William Larkin, c. 1618, © National Portrait Gallery, London.


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