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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Lawrence, Thomas
Culture:British (1769–1830)
Title:Sarah Hickman Amherst, 1st Countess Amherst (1762–1838)
Date Made:ca. 1800–1810
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:Stretcher: 30 in x 25 1/8 in; 76.2 cm x 63.8175 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1967.82
Credit Line:Museum purchase

Label Text:
Scholars of British art acclaim this accomplished portrait for its breathtaking skill, in which rapid strokes of creamy oil paint capture a seemingly living likeness of Sarah, Countess of Amherst (1762–1838), during her marriage to her second husband, William Pitt Amherst, the nephew and heir of Lord Jeffery Amherst, for whom the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, and (indirectly) Amherst College are named.

An avid naturalist, Lady Amherst would identify certain flowering trees and a variety of pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) that bear her name.

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