Viscountess Jocelyn (c.1841?)


This charming hand tinted engraving shows Viscountess Jocelyn.  She was born Frances Elizabeth Cowper in 1820 – the daughter of Peter Leopold Louis Francis Nassau Cowper, the 5th Earl Cowper.  In 1841 she married Robert Jocelyn – 4th Viscount Jocelyn who was a soldier and politician.  We guess this engraving would have been done at the time of her marriage.

Later Viscountess Frances Jocelyn became quite a distinguished amateur photographer and there are works by her in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

One of the things she is known for is making collages using her own photos and those of others and also for adding witty painted decorations. One such tableau shows the daughters of Edward Deas Thompson in fancy dress after attending a ball in Sydney (to celebrate the visit of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria, to Australia in 1867.) A group was photographed on the portico of Elizabeth Bay House with a view of the harbour behind. Viscountess Jocelyn added some decoration appropriate to the costumes and with a flick of the brush the scene was transformed into an eastern fantasy.

The picture is in good condition: slightly discoloured at the edges, possible small tear top right and a tad faded maybe.  It is in a frame that we guess dates from the 1970s.

Frame size 13Ό x 10½ inches.

This is a rare print, and very charming. If she has taken your fancy, but the price hasn't why not visit the Manager's Office and see if you can get it cheaper?


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