Elizabeth Gunning (1733 - 90) was a renowned beauty and married the 6th Duke of Hamilton after a whirlwind romance in 1752.

She was painted by other artists including Ramsay and Reynolds, but this portrait is the defining image of her and became well known through an engraving published in 1753. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Commissioned by the 6th Duke of Hamilton; part of the Hamilton collection by descent; The Lennoxlove Trust.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1JD
0131 624 6200

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Daily, 10am – 5pm. (6pm during August).

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