Penelope Madan Portrait Mystery

Penelope Maden

Penelope Madan is my gt gt gt gt gt gt grandmother. She married Hon. Sir Alexander Maitland, 1st Bt., son of Charles Maitland, 6th Earl of Lauderdale and Lady Elizabeth Ogilvy. The Maitland Trust portrait of her above is in chalk by William Hoare of Bath, from Sauchieburn, and held by descent from Sir Alex Maitland Bt. 

The portrait below, possibly of Penelope Madan, was sent to me by my 8th cousin twice removed, Rafael (Rafe) Alberto Madan. What’s interesting is that they are in almost identical frame, but the sitters look quite different – copper hair vs black hair, different face shape – plump vs thin. I wonder which one is actually Penelope and who the other person might be.

Penelop Madan?

One thought on “Penelope Madan Portrait Mystery

  1. Penelope Maitland was known by her own admission to have a “high nose” which does not seem to apply to either of these ladies.

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