Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), later Baroness Macdonald, as Spes, Angelica Kauffmann
Angelica Kauffmann
Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), later Baroness Macdonald, as Spes
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Angelica Kauffmann

Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), later Baroness Macdonald, as Spes, 1767

126.7 x 101.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas (lined)
Inventory Number
Acquired in 2017 as part of the legacy of Johannes Schmitt
Not on display


  • ASK AN ARTWORK – Fragen an die Kunst: Angelica Kauffmann
    Die junge Frau mit ihrer blassen Haut und den dunklen Augen lehnt gegen einen Küstenfelsen. Wer ist diese Frau und warum stützt sie ihren Kopf so melancholisch ab? In der Serie ASK AN ARTWORK beantwortet die Kunsthistorikerin Anna Huber (Mitarbeiterin der Abteilung Bildung und Vermittlung) Fragen, die wir an die Kunst haben. Denn während der Coronakrise kommt das Städel zu euch: #StaydelAtHome Findet Angelica Kauffmanns Werk „Bildnis der Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), später Baroness Macdonald, als Spes" (1767)" in der Digitalen Sammlung: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/bildnis-der-lady-louisa-leveson-gower With pale skin and dark eyes, the young woman is slumped against a rockface. Who is this lady? And why is she propping up her head with her hand? In the series ASK AN ARTWORK art historian Anna Huber (Educational Department of the Städel Museum) answers the questions that we have for art – from home office. Because during the Corona-Crisis, if you can’t come to the Städel Museum, then the Städel Museum will come to you: #StaydelAtHome Find Angelica Kauffmann's "Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), later Baroness Macdonald, as Spes" in our Digital Collection: https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/en/work/portrait-of-lady-louisa-leveson-gower

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower (1749/50-1827), later Baroness Macdonald, as Spes
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas (lined)
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2017 as part of the legacy of Johannes Schmitt

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 61BB2(LEVESON-GOWER, Louisa)11(+54) historical person (LEVESON-GOWER, Louisa) - BB - woman - historical person (LEVESON-GOWER, Louisa) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D15(+4) adult woman (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure

Research and Discussion


Object History
Granville Leveson-Gower (1721-1803), 1st Marquess of Stafford
vererbt an seinen Sohn George Leveson-Gower (1758-1833), 2nd Marquess of Stafford, später 1st Duke of Sutherland, 1803
im Erbgang an George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1888-1963), 5th Duke of Sutherland, Dunrobin Castle, Schottland
Verst. Christie's, London an Privatbesitz (Hughes), 22. Oktober 1948 (Nr. 36)
Privatbesitz, Rüschlikon, Schweiz
Sammlung Morger, Luzern
Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 1975
Verst. Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 25.-29. Juni 1976 (Nr. 550)
Verst. Christie's, London an Privatbesitz (Albott), 9. Dezember 1979 (Nr. 84)
Verst. Galerie Fischer, Luzern an Privatbesitz, Konstanz, 19.-22. Mai 1992 (Nr. 2431)
Privatbesitz, Mannheim
Verst. Sotheby's London, 24. November 1999 (Nr. 53, unverkauft)
Verst. Auktionshaus im Kinsky, Wien, 20. November 2001 (Nr. 20, unverkauft)
[Privatbesitz, Frankreich], Verst. Ketterer Kunst, München an Privatbesitz, London, 24. Oktober 2003 (Nr. 81)
Johannes Schmitt, Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2017.


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