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Anna Seward

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Anna Seward, by Tilly Kettle, 1762 - NPG 2017 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Seward

by Tilly Kettle
oil on canvas, 1762
29 in. x 24 1/2 in. (737 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased, 1924
Primary Collection
NPG 2017

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  • Anna Seward (1742-1809), Writer and poet. Sitter associated with 4 portraits.

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  • Tilly Kettle (1735-1786), Painter. Artist associated with 19 portraits.

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Born in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, Anna Seward lived from the age of ten at Lichfield where her father Thomas Seward was canon. After her father's death in 1790 she continued to live in the bishop's palace and wrote romantic poetry. Her elegies on Captain Cook and on David Garrick brought her to public notice and she became friendly with many leading members of intellectual society. She bequeathed all her poems to Sir Walter Scott who published them as Poetical Works in 1810. Six volumes of her letters appeared the following year. She is seen is this portrait holding a book whose pages are headed 'Wilton'.

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