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Mary Moser (1744-1819), Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy

Mary Lloyd (née Moser)

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Mary Moser trained with her father George Michael Moser, a Swiss engraver, medallist and a leading figure at the St Martin's Lane Academy, as well as the first keeper of the Royal Academy. His connections and involvement in London's early art institutions helped his talented daughter. At fourteen, Mary won her first Society of Arts medal for her flower drawings. In 1768 she became one of two female founding members of the Royal Academy with Angelica Kauffmann. Moser exhibited regularly until she retired in 1810, becoming the leading flower painter of the time. Her greatest commission, from c.1792, was the symbolic and patriotic programme of floral decoration at Queen Charlotte's villa at Frogmore.

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6641

Mary Moser

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1771
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6641

1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437

D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021