Holroyd, Lady Susan Harriet Harcourt, née (1829-94)

Lady Susan Harriet Harcourt, née Holroyd (1829-94) was the daughter of George Augustus Frederick Charles Holroyd, 2nd Earl of Sheffield (1802-1876) and Harriet, daughter of Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood. She married the naturalist and politician Edward William Vernon Harcourt, and the pair travelled extensively, during which excursions Lady Susan drew copiously. She provided the illustrations for her husband’s book ‘A Sketch of Madeira’ published in 1851. Examples of her pen and ink drawings from 1845-6 can be viewed online by the Royal Collection. The drawings are housed in an album compiled by Queen Victoria (or probably Queen Victoria’s mother, Victoria Duchess of Kent).

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