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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

(1752-1840), Diarist and novelist; daughter of Charles Burney

Sitter in 5 portraits
Diarist and novelist; the daughter of Dr Charles Burney. Her first novel, Evelina, or the history of a young lady's entrance into the world, 1778, astonished her friends and became a bestseller. In 1793 she married General D'Arblay, a French refugee. Her well-known Diary and Letters, documenting her friendships with Hester Thrale and Dr Johnson, and her life at the court of George III was first published in the 1840s, providing a rich resource for biographers ever since.

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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Edward Francisco Burney - NPG 2634

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Edward Francisco Burney
oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2634

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Charles Turner, published by  Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after  Edward Francisco Burney - NPG D930

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Charles Turner, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Edward Francisco Burney
mezzotint, published 16 May 1840
NPG D930

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by S. Bull, after  Edward Francisco Burney - NPG D6604

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by S. Bull, after Edward Francisco Burney
stipple engraving, published 1854
NPG D6604

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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Charles Turner, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Edward Francisco Burney
mezzotint, published 16 May 1840
NPG D13846

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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Charles Turner, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Edward Francisco Burney
mezzotint, published 16 May 1840
NPG D19818

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