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    Signed lower left: E.M. Gore/1775

    Gouache on laid paper

    23.8 by 34.8 cm., 9  by 13 in.

     

    Eliza or Elizabeth Gore was the eldest of Gore?s three surviving daughters. She and her sisters, Emily (1756-c.1831) and Hannah Anne (1758-1826) were renowned beauties and were popular with the Royal Dukes (the sons of George III) who were on friendly terms with their father and regularly sailed in Gore?s yacht around the south coast.

     

    The influence of Philipp Hackert, a close family friend, from their time in Rome is evident in the present work. Eliza studied under Hackert, both in Italy and Weimar and according to Goethe, Hackert described her as his most gifted pupil.

     

    In 1775, the date of the present work, Eliza's sister Hannah Anne married George Clavering-Cowper, the future 3rd Earl Cowper (1738-1789) in Florence. A wedding portrait showing the Cowper and Gore families by Johann Zoffany is in the Yale Center for British Art. Eliza is shown next to her sister Emily, holding a porte-crayon.

     

    Eliza married the Rev. Henry Wood D.D (1726-1790), the son of Francis Wood JP of Monk Bretton, Yorkshire. Charles Gore moved to Weimar in 1791 and Eliza, following the death of her husband the previous year, moved with him. She died there in 1802. The family collections were left to the Weimar Library, including a portrait of Eliza painted by Johann Tischbein in circa 1795. Two gouaches by her of Vesuvius erupting also dated 1775 are in the Klassik Stiftung, Weimar.

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