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The Taylor Family (Martin Taylor; Ann Taylor; Jefferys Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Jane Taylor; Ann Taylor)

1 of 2 portraits of Isaac Taylor

The Taylor Family (Martin Taylor; Ann Taylor; Jefferys Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Jane Taylor; Ann Taylor), by Isaac Taylor, 1792 - NPG 1248 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Taylor Family (Martin Taylor; Ann Taylor; Jefferys Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Jane Taylor; Ann Taylor)

by Isaac Taylor
oil on canvas, 1792
17 3/4 in. x 13 1/2 in. (451 mm x 343 mm)
Given by the daughter-in-law of Ann Taylor, Mrs Josiah Gilbert, 1900
Primary Collection
NPG 1248


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  • Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), Nonconformist divine, writer and engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Ann Taylor (née Martin) (1757-1830), Writer; wife of Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ann Taylor (Mrs Gilbert) (1782-1866), Writer of children's poetry; daughter of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), Nonconformist divine, writer and engraver. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • Isaac Taylor (1787-1865), Writer and artist; eldest son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jane Taylor (1783-1824), Writer of children's poetry; daughter of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jefferys Taylor (1792-1853), Children's writer; youngest son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Martin Taylor (1788-1867), Son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This portrait was painted by Isaac Taylor in his garden at Lavenham in Suffolk in 1792 shortly after the birth of his fifth child, Jefferys. Standing in the foreground in white dresses with pink sashes and red slippers are his daughters Jane and Ann. In the thatched summer-house in the background are Isaac himself and his wife Anne, also an author of children's books, who holds the new baby. On the lawn in front of the summer-house are the two older boys; Martin, who plays with a toy cart, and Isaac, who would grow up to be an artist, author and inventor. When they first moved to Lavenham, Ann Taylor pined for her London life but the garden soon captivated her: 'and I began to wonder at my insensibility to all its rich profusion on our first arrival'.

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