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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.'

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu with her son, Edward Wortley Montagu, and attendants

attributed to Jean Baptiste Vanmour
oil on canvas, circa 1717
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3924

D16236

Edward Wortley Montagu

by Jean Baptiste Pillement, printed and published by Samuel Okey
etching, circa 1750s
NPG D16236

D38888

Edward Wortley Montagu

by John Raphael Smith, published by John Boydell, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, published 15 August 1776 (1775)
NPG D38888

D38889

Edward Wortley Montagu

by John Raphael Smith, published by John Boydell, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, published 15 August 1776 (1775)
NPG D38889