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Image number: RS.14136
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Angela Burdett-Coutts

Date

1868

Sitter

Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906, British), Philanthropist

Creator

Peter Paul Skeolan (1815-1871, British), Photographer

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 95mm
width (print): 57 mm
height (card support): 105 mm
width (card support): 62mm

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > dog

Description

Portrait of Angela Burdett-Coutts, seating right as viewed and looking into the camera. Taken in Peter Paul Skeolan’s studio in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Burdett-Coutts wears a dress, high at the neck with low set sloping shoulders and a tiered skirt. Her hair is pulled back in a low bun. Her right hand sits in her lap, while her left pets a small dog, its head buried into the chair below. An ornate plant stand is visible on the left and a marble column is visible on the right.

Forward facing inscription: ‘P. P SKEOLAN REGISTED BY P. P. SKEOLAN HARROGATE’
Verso inscription: ‘Miss Burdett Coutts
MINIATURE PAINTER
P. P. SKEOLAN
HARROGATE
J. HADDOCK Bookseller &c Ipswich’

Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906) philanthropist was heiress of the fortune of her grandfather, Thomas Coutts. She donated large sums of her fortune to philanthropic causes, particularly to redevelopment work in East London. She was also a patron of the sciences, funding the research of many former Fellows of the Royal Society. Most notably, she funded geologist William Pengelly’s formative research into the lignite of Bovey Tracey, culminating in a paper published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1862 (Vol. 152, ‘The Lignites and Clays of Bovey Tracey, Devonshire’) and Pengelly’s election to the Fellowship of the Society a year later.

Peter Paul Skeolan (1815-1871) miniaturist and photographer.

Object history

Purchased by the Royal Society, 2019.

Related Fellows

William Pengelly (1812-1894, British)