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Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), Writer and inventor

Sitter in 2 portraits
Richard was a member of the Royal Society and was associated with the Lunar Society. As an engineer he assisted in the development of the telegraph in Ireland. Both he and his daughter Maria had a lasting impact through their publications. Together they wrote the influential primer Practical Education (1788), a sympathetic and enlightened scheme for the domestic upbringing of children, which encouraged self-expression, the use of imaginative literature and the writing of stories.

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Richard Lovell Edgeworth

by Horace Hone
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1785
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5069


The Edgeworth Family

by Adam Buck
chalk, watercolour and pastel on paper, 1787
NPG L236