Portrait of Mrs James Hardman by Joseph Wright of Derby

Portrait of Jane Hardman (1702-1795), daughter of George Leigh of Oughterington, Cheshire.


Oil on canvas
76 x 64 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,500 ( Total: £22,000)
Acquired in:
Leger Galleries

In 1732 she married James Hardman who, with his brother John, had just purchased Allerton Hall, near Liverpool. When this portrait was painted she was one of the wealthiest people in Lancashire, principally through her questionable appropriation of the remaining half-share in the Allerton Hall estate from her late husband's brother.


The sitter; Sir Hardman Earle, 1st Bt; by descent to Sir Hardman George Earle; Leger Galleries.

Venue details

Judges' Lodgings Church Street, LANCASTER Lancashire LA1 1YS 01524 32808 www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

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