Magdalena Jacoba, Lady Whitworth

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Magdalena Jacoba, Lady Whitworth, by Guillaume Birochon, circa 1724 - NPG 5418 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Magdalena Jacoba, Lady Whitworth

by Guillaume Birochon
pastel, circa 1724
21 1/2 in. x 17 1/8 in. (546 mm x 435 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5418


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The fashion for pastels in England was encouraged by the medium's popularity in France, as British travellers commissioned portraits from French pastellists. Madeleine Whitworth accompanied her diplomat husband to the Congress of Cambrai (1723-25) where she was drawn by the French artist Guillaume Birochon. Her portrait was one of a series depicting visitors to the conference, which had been commissioned by Lord Polwarth, Baron Whitworth's fellow diplomat. This is the only known image of Madeleine Whitworth, whose husband was also depicted by Birochon.

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  • NPG 5417: Charles Whitworth, Baron Whitworth (companion portrait)

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