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Mary Herbert (1817-93)

Killarney Middle Lake from Copper Mine Bay c.1845-61

Watercolour and bodycolour | 29.7 x 45.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920254

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Mary Herbert and her husband Henry, Lord Lieutenant of Kerry, hosted the royal family on a visit to Ireland in August 1861. Like the Queen, Mary painted in watercolours for most of her adult life and was a celebrated landscape painter. The Times newspaper claimed that ‘among water-colour artists Mrs Herbert is held to be the most gifted amateur in the kingdom’.