Catalogue No. 10
Hon Barbara St John, Countess of Coventry

Artist: Reynolds, Sir Joshua, PRA
Hon Barbara St John, Countess of Coventry

1723-92
Oil on Canvas 50 x 40 ins

Collection Details
At some time entered the collection of James Price, from whom it was bought privately by Agnew and sold to Sir Julian Goldsmid; his sale, Christie’s, 13 June 1896, lot 68, repd: bt by Agnew for Alexander Henderson, later 1st Lord Faringdon.

Literature
E Hamilton, Engraved Works of Reynolds, 1884, p. 92; Graves and Cronin, Reynolds, 1899–1901, i, p. 201; Sir W Armstrong, Reynolds, 1900, p. 200; E K Waterhouse, Reynolds, 1941, p. 54.

Exhibition Details
RA, Winter, 1896, No. 30; Brussels, International Exhibition, Cinq Siècles d’Art, 1935, No. 1125; Birmingham Art Gallery, Reynolds, 1961, No. 40.

Engraved
J. Watson (mezzotint); J. Dixon; Spicer.

Background
Barbara, 4th daughter of Lord St John of Bletsoe, b.1737; married in 1764 as his second wife 6th Earl of Coventry, who had previously been married to the famous beauty, Maria Gunning; d.1804.
She sat as Miss St John, 3, 29 September 1764, and as Lady Coventry, 1 October 1764.  Paid for (50 gns) 29 July 1765.