This accomplished and delightful portrait is by the fashionable 18th-century society portraitist George Romney.

Mary Chichester was the daughter of John Chichester of Arlington in Devon. She is first recorded as sitting for Romney on April 22 1789, and there followed a further five sittings. In 1791 she married Thomas Hugh Clifford of Tixal Hall in Staffordshire, who inherited Burton Constable Hall in 1821 and assumed the name Clifford Constable. The family remain in residence and her portrait joins a collection of Constable family portraits.


Calverleigh Court, Devon; ?Tixall Hall, Staffordshire; Burton Constable Hall (1821); Christie's (1927); Collection of Dulverton Family, Batsford Park, Gloucestershire; Philip Mould Ltd, London.

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
01964 562400

Opening times

January 14th - 5th April

10:00 - 16:00 Daily

April 6th - November 3rd

10:00 - 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday

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