by George Henry Harlow
8 1/2 in. x 6 3/4 in. (216 mm x 171 mm)
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- Jane Porter (1776-1850), Novelist; sister of Anna Maria Porter. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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- George Henry Harlow (1787-1819), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 80 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
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After her father's death when she was three, Jane Porter and her four siblings were brought up by their mother in Edinburgh. Having moved to London, Porter moved in literary circles and in 1803 published her first novel, Thaddeus of Warsaw, which was an immediate success. Her second novel, The Scottish Chiefs (1810), based on the story of William Wallace, also went through many editions. These and her later novels contributed to the vogue for historical novels which would culminate in Sir Walter Scott's Waverley of 1814. In this portrait Porter is depicted holding a cross, the history of which is given in an inscription running along the right-hand edge of the work.