[Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague]
oil on canvas
This note accompanied the painting when it was exhibited at the RA in 1872:
"Lady Bute, daughter of Lady Mary, relates the circumstances of having seen her grandfather, the Duke of Kingston, once only, with the following particulars.
Her Mother was dressig, and she playing about the room when there entered an elderly stranger, of dignified appearance and still handsome, with the authorative air of a person entitled to admittance at all times: upon which, to her great surprise, Lady Mary, instantly starting up from the toilet table, dishevelled as she was, fell on her knees to ask his blessing."