Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), Writer and traveller; son of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Sitter in 5 portraits
Edward Wortley Montagu was a traveller, linguist and eccentric. The oldest son of Edward and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu he was much influenced by his childhood visit to Constantinople between 1716-18. Using his inheritance as security against his creditors he left England permanently in 1762 and travelled in the Middle East as an enthusiastic archaeologist for a little over a decade. In 1773, Edward settled in Venice and lived, according to one of his contemporaries, with 'the manners, habit and magnificence of a Turk.'
attributed to Jean Baptiste Vanmour
oil on canvas, circa 1717
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery