Eleanor Bowles Gooch (Mrs. William Gooch, ca. 1720-1775)

Artist: Unknown
Date: probably 1740-1742

Eleanor Bowles of Maryland married William Gooch, Jr., son of the lieutenant governor Sir William Gooch, in 1740. He died in 1742. Her second husband was Warner Lewis. Apparently, William and Eleanor Bowles Gooch were painted in half-length portraits, which accompanied Sir William Gooch and Rebecca Staunton Gooch to England after Gooch retired in 1749. Lady Rebecca Gooch’s will mentioned these portraits in her will and bequeathed them to Ralph Wormeley. Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis was also painted by John Wollaston.

The 1775 will of Lady Rebecca Gooch states: “I give to Ralph [Wormeley] Esquire Senr. my Son and Daughters pictures half lengths that hang in the little parlour”

References: The Will of Dame Rebecca Gooch, Widow of Hampton, Middlesex, February 25, 1775. National Archives, Kew.

Family: GoochLewis
Decade: 1740s
Attributes: womanhalf-length