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Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson) (1718-1800), Writer and leader of society

Sitter in 11 portraits
Elizabeth Montagu was a Shakespeare critic and salon hostess, patron of the arts, literary critic, and writer. She was christened 'Queen of the Blues' by the writer Samuel Johnson, in recognition of her role in bringing together a constellation of contemporary intellectuals. Her parents were both from wealthy families with strong ties to the British peerage and intellectual life. She married Edward Montagu, a wealthy man with extensive holdings in coal, to become one of the richest women of her era. Montagu devoted this wealth to fostering and promoting English and Scottish aspiring authors, and to the relief of the poor.

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Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo

by Richard Samuel
oil on canvas, exhibited 1779
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
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D13746

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 10 April 1776 (1775)
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D5281

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Wilson Lowry
line engraving, published 1787
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D5282

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Wilson Lowry
line engraving, published 1787
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D5283

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Wilson Lowry
line engraving, published 1787
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D5284

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Thomas Cheesman, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 26 May 1809 (1775)
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D13889

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Thomas Cheesman, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 26 May 1809 (1775)
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D15243

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Robert Bowyer Parkes, published by Henry Graves, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1867 (1775)
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D15311

Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Charles Townley, published by Jean Marc Pascal, after Frances Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1784
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Elizabeth Montagu (nee Robinson)

by Thomas Cheesman, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 26 May 1809 (1775)
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