portrait with white lamb

“The Three Witches from Macbeth”, Daniel Gardner, 1775, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Anne Seymour Damer were three of the most popular, fascinating and notorious women of the 18th century: Elizabeth Lamb was a political hostess and agricultural improver, Georgiana was the famous leader of Whig society and Anne Seymour Damer was a sculptor.

In this portrait we see them as the three witches from Macbeth, and let’s face it, those witches never looked so pretty; but apparently this portrait is a slight nod at the way they were so influential in British society, art and politics.