Scandal, gilt and Big House power
Oil portrait due to go under the hammer at Sheppard’s this week
A pretty painting with scandalous provenance is William Watson’s oil portrait of Sarah, the Hon Mrs Arthur Rochfort, 61x61 centimetres, due to go under the hammer at Sheppard’s this week with an estimate of €3,000-€5,000.
Sarah’s brother-in-law, the Earl of Belvedere, accused her husband (his brother) of having an affair with his wife Mary, and although both strenuously denied it, the case went to court.
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