Sarah, Countess of Essex
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Sarah Bazett (died 16 January 1838) ("Sarah, Countess of Essex"), (alias Sarah Capel; Sarah, Lady Malden) was a talented and prolific amateur artist, generally known as "Sarah, Countess of Essex" who specialised in making watercolour copies of old portraits of 16th century personages and other paintings, and her surviving copies in many instances are the only evidence of the now lost originals. Over a hundred of her portraits in watercolour and gouache on paper were published in the 1825 edition of Lucy Aikin's Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth, first published in 1818 as a two-volume work and re-issued in several editions (4th edition 1819, further edition 1823). She was knowledgeable in the field of heraldry and frequently added the subject's coat of arms and other heraldic devices to her copy portraits.
She was born at St. Helena, the daughter of Henry William Bazett of St Helena by his wife Clarissa Penelope Pritchard.
She married twice:
- Firstly to Edward Stephenson.
- Secondly, as his 1st wife, to George Capel-Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex (d.1839). In 1799 he succeeded to the titles Baron Capell, Viscount Malden (hence one of Sarah's aliases "Sarah, Lady Malden") and Earl of Essex)
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