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Hannah More

3 of 11 portraits of Hannah More

Hannah More, by Henry William Pickersgill, 1822 - NPG 412 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hannah More

by Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, 1822
49 1/2 in. x 35 1/4 in. (1257 mm x 895 mm)
Purchased, 1875
Primary Collection
NPG 412

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  • Hannah More (1745-1833), Religious writer. Sitter in 11 portraits.

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The writer and reformer Hannah More was in her seventies at the time this portrait was painted. The most striking part of her outfit is the layered 'van Dyck' ruff collar and high-crowned, frilled muslin cap tied under the chin and trimmed with abundant silk ribbons. These were a popular form of indoor head wear. With them she wears a simple silk day dress with a high waistline, smooth ungathered shoulders and muslin frills at the wrists. Over the top of this is wrapped a shawl of silk or fine wool with fashionably patterned borders and ends. In her right hand she holds a scent bottle.

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