Richmal Mangnall

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Richmal Mangnall, by John Downman, 1814 - NPG 4377 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richmal Mangnall

by John Downman
watercolour, 1814
11 7/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (302 mm x 238 mm)
Purchased, 1964
Primary Collection
NPG 4377


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  • Richmal Mangnall (1769-1820), Schoolmistress, educationalist and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • John Downman (1750-1824). Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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Caps such as this 'mob' were generally worn indoors and were of fine lawn or cotton tied under the chin. Here, the educationalist Richmal Mangnall pairs it with a high necked ruffed dress in the style fashionable from 1810 to 1815. Its pale simplicity is the perfect foil for the necklace of popular red cornelian which she wears around her neck. Between 1810 and 1820, women tended to wear less jewellery than before, with one bold piece often sufficing. Her hair is worn parted and cut in short curls around the face.

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