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Unknown woman engraved as Maria Edgeworth

7 of 9 portraits of Maria Edgeworth

Unknown woman engraved as Maria Edgeworth, by Mackenzie, after  William Marshall Craig, published 1 November 1808 - NPG D4455 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown woman engraved as Maria Edgeworth

by Mackenzie, after William Marshall Craig
line and stipple engraving, published 1 November 1808
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1914
Reference Collection
NPG D4455


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Sitterback to top

  • Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), Novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • William Marshall Craig (died 1827), Painter. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
  • Mackenzie (active early 19th century), Engraver. Artist associated with 40 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Maria Edgeworth is significant as the inventor of the Anglo-Irish regional novel and its introduction to a wide English readership. Her most famous novel was Castle Rackrent (1800). It chronicled the decline of an Anglo-Irish family, narrated by a local servant whose representation was a sympathetic, if still paternalistic, departure from the traditional portrayals of the Irish in English literature and theatre. Later novels explored the consequences of the 1801 Union and the fate of the Anglo-Irish élite who moved to London.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D14114: Unknown woman engraved as Maria Edgeworth (impression from same plate as)