c. 1810

Oil painting on canvas of Anne Warden Liddon (later to be Lady Anne Spencer). The painting depicts a rural scene with a full length portrait of Anne as a young woman, dressed in a Regency style white dress and posed in front of a donkey. Anne is standing with her left arm across the animal’s withers and has a riding crop in her right hand. The donkey is saddled and bridled for riding. A two storey house, Langmore Manor (her family home) in Charmouth near Lyme Regis in Dorset, is in the background.

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Anne Liddon was born in 1795 and came from a prominent local family. She married Richard Spencer in 1812 and later became Lady Spencer after Richard was granted a knighthood in 1833. That same year, she came to Albany with her husband (and nine children with another on the way) after Richard was appointed Government Resident for Albany and the Plantagenet districts.



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This portrait and a companion portrait of Anne’s future husband, Richard Spencer, are on loan to the National Trust of Western Australia. The painting is currently at Strawberry Hill at Barmup and is hanging in the house built by the Spencers at the historic property.

c. 1810
Albany Historical Society Inc

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Oil on canvas.
Displayed at Strawberry Hill, Albany, National Trust of Western Australia

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