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An Earl and Countess for the National Gallery of Victoria

MELBOURNE.- The National Gallery of Victoria announced two exciting new acquisitions in the lead up to next year’s 150th birthday. This is a major gift for the NGV’s Masterpieces for Melbourne fundraising campaign. The new works, titled Lady Rous née Charlotte Maria Whittaker, second wife of the sixth Baronet later Earl of Stradbroke and Rt Hon. John Rous, sixth Baronet, later First Earl of Stradbroke in Suffolk Yeomanry Calvary Uniform were painted in 1796 by English artist Sir William Beechey, one of the leading portrait painters of the Regency period. The portraits are being gifted to the NGV by the First Earl’s descendants, the Earl and Countess of Stradbroke, who reside in Victoria. They were formally at Henham Hall in Suffolk, the family’s ancestral seat and one of the