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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Robert Edge Pine, circa 1775 - NPG 5856 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Robert Edge Pine
oil on canvas, circa 1775
54 in. x 41 1/4 in. (1372 mm x 1048 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5856


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Painted at the outset of the American War of Independence, this political portrait conveys Macaulay's commitment to representative government. To indicate her republican sentiments and belief in democracy, she is dressed as a Roman matron, but also wears the distinctive purple sash of an elected Roman Senator. The letter in her hand refers to her friend and patron Revd Thomas Wilson, who probably commissioned this portrait.

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  • NPG 1357: Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge) (after)

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