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Sir Peniston and Lady Lamb, Later Lord and Lady Melbourne, with Lady Lamb's Father, Sir Ralph Milbanke, and Her Brother John Milbanke ('The Milbanke and Melbourne Families')

This painting was most likely commissioned to commemorate the alliance of the Milbanke and Melbourne families through marriage in April 1769. The married woman is Elizabeth Milbanke (seated in a carriage on the left) and her husband is Peniston Lamb, 1st Lord Melbourne, mounted on a chestnut horse on the right. Elizabeth's father, Sir Ralph Milbanke, stands beside her. The figure in the middle is most likely Elizabeth's elder brother, John Milbanke.

Stubbs uses the branches of the large oak tree behind the figures to link the two families. Sir Ralph's gaze across the picture towards his daughter's husband, which is complemented by the upward glance of the dog, further unifies the group. The ro...

c. 1769
Oil on canvas
97.2 x 147.3cm
Image and text © The National Gallery, London, 2023

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