Mrs Peter de Wint. Peter de Wint (English, 1784-1849). Oil on canvas. Usher Gallery.
Harriet, shown here with open book in hand, met her husband through her brother, William Hilton, de Wint’s best friend. Her own life was given over to supporting and promoting her husband: ‘A woman of great natural ability and very considerable culture, there is no doubt that her husband owed much of his success to her great social qualities and charming manners.’