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Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810), Evangelist and children's writer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Author of instructive and moralising literature for children, Trimmer was a household name at the end of the eighteenth century. Inspired by educating her own twelve children, she published a series of biblical, moral and practical primers. She was deeply suspicious of imaginative literature, like fairy tales, and provided her own corrective in works such as Fabulous Histories; or A History of the Robins (1786), which was a popular success.

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Sarah Trimmer

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, circa 1790
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5498


Sarah Trimmer

by Henry Howard
oil on canvas, exhibited 1798
NPG 796


Sarah Trimmer

by Henry Meyer, published by Francis Rivington, published by Charles Rivington, published by John Rivington, after Henry Howard
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1814
NPG D14966


Sarah Trimmer

by and published by Charles Turner, after Henry Howard
mezzotint, published 9 March 1815
NPG D15820