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Elizabeth Yorke - Lady Anson(1725 - 1760)
Daughter of Philip Yorke first Earl of Hardwicke

Painting of Elizabeth Anson (nee Yorke) holding a painting of Dante

or is she?

Here is part of a previous engraving

Et in Arcadia Ego

It is a sketch of Poussin's Et in Arcadia Ego
The four figures can clearly be seen

Et in Arcadia ego
This is an engraving likely done by Elizabeth Yorke herself.
It is known that she visited Chatsworth House (where the original Poussin painting is kept) several times.

For a detailed explanation of meaning of this painting click here and here

Elizabeth Yorke was the daughter of Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke
She was married to

Admiral of the Fleet George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, PC, FRS (23 April 1697 – 6 June 1762)

Regarding her painting talent
Horace Walpole mentions that

Lady Anson, eldest daughter of Philip earl of Hardwicke, painted remarkably well in crayons.”

ding to the description of Wimpole (the residence of Philip Yorke) given by Harris 1847, amongst the extensive collections of old master paintings,

“in one of the apartments is a
collection of exquisite drawings in crayon by Lady Anson, from different pictures by the old masters.”

are several versions of her portrait by Thomas Hudson, two showing her holding drawings: one (location unknown) is a chalk drawing after Poussin’s Shepherds, while the other/span (at Shugborough) has a coloured chalkcopy of Carlo Dolci’s Dante, also partly rolled,, presumably her own work".


Elizabeth Yorke and the Count of St Germain

Records show that a significant change occurred in the life of Lady Anson starting 1750, that is, shortly after her first contact with the Count of St. Germain in 1749.

1750 is the year in which Lady Anson seems to have had a particular interest in Poussin and Shepherds, and which seems to provide a mysterious context for the monument, its Poussin relief, and its inscription.

The interest of the Anson family in the works of Nicolas Poussin is further stipulated by the portrait Thomas Hudson made of Lady Elizabeth Yorke Anson in 1751 (shown above). In this painting she is holding a copy of Poussin’s first version of “The Shepherds of Arcadia”.

The Count of St. Germain returned to England in 1760 after his brief stay in Paris.

Elizabeth Yorke (Lady Anson) wrote a letter to Thomas Anson dated May 2nd 1760 revealing to him the secret conversation she had with the Count:

"I am whispered, as a secret, that he tells some odd things, & says more: He talks of his own general Benevolence, meaning no harm to any country; wishing well to France; would have assisted the French King if he would have followed his advice & relieved his subjects from the weight of Taxes; says he has it in his power to give the King of France more than his Majesty can give him; with other such hints that seem to mean the Great Secret…..”

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