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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

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Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale), by George Dance, 1793 - NPG 1151 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
9 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (248 mm x 191 mm)
Purchased, 1898
Primary Collection
NPG 1151


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  • George Dance (1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman. Artist associated with 322 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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Older women tended not to observe every fashion and they are often shown wearing outmoded dress. In this drawing, the famous diarist, Hester Piozzi, is shown in profile, dominated by her wide, 'frizzed' hairstyle which was highly fashionable in the 1780s. It is tied with a simple 'bandeau' ribbon in keeping with the gradual trend towards the Neo-classical at this time. A tiny hat is perched on top of the whole ensemble. In contrast, the simplicity of English dress styles of the period prevails for the rest of her outfit; she wears an 'English dress' or robe à l'anglaise as it was known, made of linen or cotton with a delicate flower pattern. A starched piece of cloth is crossed over her chest to protect her modesty.

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  • NPG D14717: Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale) (after)

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