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Jane, Countess of Harrington, when Miss Fleming


Full length oil painting of Jane, Countess of Harrington depicted as Aurora, Goddess of Dawn, in white silk dress with purple gauze scarf and red and white plumes in her hair. She is standing in a far retreating landscape holding a wreath of flowers in her left hand. On canvas in gilt frame with foliate design.

About the painting

Jane Fleming was the step-daughter of Edwin Lascelles, Lord Harewood. She married May 23, 1779, Charles, third Earl of Harrington. This painting was completed by Reynolds in 1775 when she was still Miss Fleming. The details of this painting, such as the garland she holds, the stars and flowers have only been revealed with cleaning in recent years. Reynolds has painted Miss Fleming as Aurora, the goddess of Dawn in white silk – to symbolise purity. Representing Miss Fleming as a mythological character elevated her status to the rank of goddess, and also displayed a knowledge of classical myths.