Charlotte Fitzhugh, née Hamilton, was the widow of William Fitzhugh, who was the nephew of the Thomas Fitzhugh (d. 1800) who owned Richmond Vale in St Vincent. William Fitzhugh has tentatively been identified as the same William Fitzhugh (nephew of Thomas Fitzhugh and husband of Mrs Charlotte Fitzhugh) who received the compensation for Richmond Vale. (UCL Department of History, ‘William Fitzhugh’, in UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership [online], London 2020, <https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/27216> accessed 2 August 2021.) Her husband’s will, made in 1820 and proved in 1842, details his legacy of Mrs Siddons by Sir Thomas Lawrence to Charlotte his wife, with the comment that her money paid for it, and it should belong to her. Her own will, made in 1845 and proved in 1855, deals with several other pictures.
This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.
No known connections with abolition.
National Gallery painting connections
Donor: presented in 1843: NG188 (now at Tate, N00188) - Mrs Siddons (NG188) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (q.v.).
History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-, https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/
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