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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Edward Francisco Burney, circa 1784-1785 - NPG 2634 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Edward Francisco Burney
oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1933
Primary Collection
NPG 2634

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  • Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848), Artist and cousin of Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'). Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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The daughter of Dr Charles Burney, Fanny Burney's first novel, Evelina, or the history of a young lady's entrance into the world (1778), astonished her friends and became a bestseller. In 1793 she married General D'Arblay, a French refugee. Her well-known Diary, documenting her friendships with Hester Thrale and Dr Johnson and her life at the court of George III was first published in the 1840s. This portrait was painted by her cousin Edward Francis Burney.

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