Emma Assheton-Smith, Mrs Robert Scott of Danesfield (d.1834)

On display in:

Baron's Room

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Artist or maker

Reynolds, Joshua (b.1723, d.1792)



dated from sitter book.

Place of production

  • London, England, United Kingdom


  • oil on canvas

Type of object

  • paintings

Accession number


Three-quarter length oil portrait of Mrs Emma Scott of Danesfield. She is shown seated against a background of trees and roses to the right, and an open landscape with trees and sky to the left. She wears a white silk tight-waisted dress with a full skirt, gauze fichu and a blue sash; powder in her hair and a wide-brimmed hat with a blue ribbon. She holds beige kid gloves in her right hand, which also has a ring, and leans on a block with her left elbow. She looks down diagonally left. To the left, there is a small King Charles spaniel looking up at her, with one paw raised.

Physical description

Dimensions (mm) / weight (mg)

1255 x 1003 - sight

Signature & date

not signed or dated


[R.A. Exhibition label from 1891 with address =] Mrs. Wedgwood, / Stanton Court, / Broadway, / Worcestershire
Printed label
on verso

Printed label
on verso, red print

Mrs Scott of / Danesfield the Aunt / of J. Assheton Smith
on verso, pen and ink



  • Owned by Mrs Emma Scott of Danesfield (d.1834); inherited by her niece Frances Crewe (d.1845); inherited by her husband Robert Wedgewood of Stanton Court, Broadway, Worcs. (b.1806, d.1881); inherited by his second wife Mary Halsey Wedgewood (active c. 1845-1900); sold by Mary Halsey Wedgewood in or after 1891 to Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild ( b.1839, d.1898); inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.

Exhibition history

  • British Institute, 1833, London, no. 35, as 'Portrait of a lady', lent by Mrs Scott
  • Royal Academy Exhibition, 1891, London, no. 35, lent by Mrs Robert Wedgewood
  • B.F.A.C. Winter 1936-37, London, no. 2 lent by James A. de Rothschild
  • Arts Council, 1949, London, no. 19 lent James A. de Rothschild


  • Waddesdon (National Trust)
  • Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957


  • Algernon Graves, William Vine Cronin; A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds; 4 vols; London; Henry Graves; 1899-1901; vol. 3, p. 871.
  • A H Plaisted; The Manor and Parish Records of Medmenham; London; Longmans, Green, and Co; 1925; pp. 141-142, ill.
  • Ellis Waterhouse; Reynolds; London; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.,; 1941; p. 78, p;. 265.
  • Ellis Waterhouse, The English Pictures at Waddesdon Manor, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 54, August 1959, 49-56; p. 54, fig. 2.
  • Sir Francis Watson, The Art Collections at Waddesdon Manor I: The Paintings, Apollo, 69, June 1959, 172-182; p. 175, fig. 5.
  • Ellis Waterhouse, Anthony Blunt; Paintings: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor; Fribourg; Office du Livre, The National Trust; 1967; p. 84, cat. no. 30 ill.
  • Malcolm Cormack, The Ledgers of Sir Joshua Reynolds, The Walpole Society, 42, 1968-1970, 105-69; pp. 163-4.
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor; The Georgians: Eighteenth-Century Portraiture & Society; London; Barrie & Jenkins; 1990; p. 125.
  • Stephanie Tasch; Studien zum weiblichen Rollenportràˆt in England von Anthonis van Dyck bis Joshua Reynolds; Weimar; Verlagll. Datenbank fuer Geisteswisswenchafter; 1999; p. 389, fig. 111.
  • David Mannings, Martin Postle; Sir Joshua Reynolds: a Complete Catalogue of his Paintings; 2 vols; London; Yale University Press; 2000; p. 408, no. 1593.
  • Sally Strutt; A History of the Culden Faw Estate; Northamptonshire; Sally Strutt; 2013; ill.
Other details

Subject person

  • Mrs Emma Scott of Danesfield, Sitter