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Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. One of his sitters was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas, who appears to be born in 1741 and died in 1811.
The portrait hangs in Waddesdon Hall, the property of the Rothschild Family.
Also in Waddesdon is the painting titled The Douglas Children, or 'Juvenile Retirement' (below), depicting four of the children of Hon. John Douglas He was the second son of James Douglas, the 14th Earl of Morton and his wife, Frances Lascelles, was the eldest daughter of Edward, Earl of Harewood. The children were painted by John Hoppner.
Frances Douglas (née Lascelles) was born in 1762 and died in 1817 and was mother of all of John's children, so seems not to be a second wife.
So, who was Frances Browne, Mrs John Douglas? And, indeed, who was the 'other' John Douglas?
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