Portrait of the Hon. Violet Lane Fox, Baroness Darcy de Knayth, Countess of Powis by John Singer Sargent

Sargent depicts Lady Powis as a great lady, her hair piled up in the fashionable bouffant style of the time.


Charcoal on paper
60 x 47.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £50,000)
Acquired in:
Private collection

As the wife of the 4th Earl of Powis, Violet persuaded her husband to entrust the entire management of the deteriorating gardens at Powis Castle to her in 1911. Over the next 18 years, she effectively recreated the gardens of Powis into the internationally renowned form that they have today. This drawing, made around the very time that she took over the management of the gardens, shows her in her maturity, and conveys her assurance as chatelaine and garden designer.


Private collection by descent. Purchased through Antony Mould Contemporary.

Venue details

Powis Castle and Garden Red Lane, WELSHPOOL Powys SY21 8RF 01938 551 944 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis

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