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The Alpine Traveller, Portrait of Emily St. Clare



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Portrait of Emily St. Clare, British stage-actress and long-term paramour of Sir John Fleming Leicester, 1st Baron de Tabley (1762-1827), politician and patron of the arts. The subject depicted full length, side-saddle on a mule, in three-quarter profile, directed right, gazing front; wearing a white, Empire-waist gown with white sash, a green, cropped jacket with three-quarter length sleeve and ermine trim, a red cloak draped back from her shoulders, a brown, fur stole, elbow-length, buff-coloured gloves and a green gypsy-hat with green-ribbon chinstraps; the mule tacked with red bridle with a red pompom fixed to the crownpiece, a pendant-type horse brass and two red tassels hanging from the browband and two red tassels hanging from the nose band, a red, high-cantle saddle and red-fringed breast collar with three brass bells, and four shoes with turned-up toeclips; St. Clare’s right hand clutching her windswept hat onto her head, her left hand gripping the rear cantle of the saddle; to the left, a rearing, white dog with wolf collar; to the right, behind St. Clare, a male mountain guide leading a panniered mule up a steep incline; set in a rocky landscape against a pink-hued, clouded sky; signed Jas. Northcote Picx 1802 on the breast collar the panniered mule.


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Original Format

Oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

289 x 190.5 cm


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Northcote, James, 1746-1831, “The Alpine Traveller, Portrait of Emily St. Clare,” RDS, accessed September 29, 2023, https://digitalarchive.rds.ie/items/show/3980.


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