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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), Writer and traveller

Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Writer and traveller. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was the daughter of the Duke of Kingston. She secretly married Edward Wortley Montagu in 1712 and accompanied him on his mission to Constantinople as ambassador in 1716. A victim of smallpox which left her badly marked, she had her son inoculated against the disease at the age of four in Turkey, probably shortly after this portrait was painted, and introduced the practice to England on her return home in 1718. A literary bluestocking and leader of society in London but left England and her husband in 1739 to live abroad, only returning to England shortly before her death. Her celebrated Letters, written from abroad, were published posthumously.

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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


Duke and Duchess of Portland; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by George Vertue, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
engraving, 1739 (1738)
NPG D14770


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by Achille Devéria, printed by François Le Villain, published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
hand-coloured lithograph, 1830s
NPG D34619


Unknown woman, called Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley
line and stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D16265


Unknown woman, called Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by Joseph Brown
line and stipple engraving, 1844 or after
NPG D16266


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by Louisa Anne Beresford (née Stuart), Marchioness of Waterford, after Jonathan Richardson
watercolour and pencil, 9 November 1887
NPG D23146(24)


Duke and Duchess of Portland; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by George Vertue, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
engraving, 1739 (1738)
NPG D19170


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by James Hopwood Sr, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1811
NPG D14129

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