Sunday, 19th of November 2017

Sunday, 19th of November 2017

ElizabethCarteret

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey presented to the City of Elizabeth a portrait of Lady Elizabeth Carteret, wife of Sir George Carteret. The portrait was unveiled at the Elizabeth Free Public Library, where it still hangs today, on June 20, 1925. It was in Lady Elizabeth's honor that the city was named in 1665 by Philip Carteret, first Governor of the Province of New Jersey. The portrait is a copy of the original by Sir Peter Lely, court painter at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II, which hangs in the castle St. Ouen in the Town of St. Hilier on the Isle of Jersey, for many centuries the ancestral hold of the Carteret family.

The copy was painted by Ernest Stafford Carlos (1883-1917), an English painter whose work had been exhibited at the Royal Academy. The portrait was duly certified as to its authenticity by a letter from the head of the Carteret family. The nameplate beneath the painting reads:

 

-1615- LADY ELIZABETH CARTERET -1696-
WIFE OF SIR GEORGE CARTERET
FIRST LORD PROPRIETOR OF NEW JERSEY (WITH SIR JOHN BERKELEY)
The City of Elizabeth was named in her honor.

PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF ELIZABETH, JUNE 1925,
BY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
COPY BY ERNEST S. CARLOS R·A· FROM THE ORIGINAL BY SIR PETER LELY,
IN CASTLE OF ST. OUEN - ISLE OF JERSEY.