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Mary Moser

17 of 36 portraits on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

Mary Moser, by George Romney, circa 1770-1771 - NPG 6641 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Moser

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1771
30 in. x 25 1/4 in. (763 mm x 642 mm)
Purchased with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), 2003
Primary Collection
NPG 6641


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  • Mary Lloyd (née Moser) (1744-1819), Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 157 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Moser specialised in flower-painting which, at that time, was considered to be a lowly genre. Her ambition for professional standing is nevertheless conveyed in Romney's portrait that shows her working on an oil painting. At a time when most male artists stressed the intellectual rather than technical aspects of their work, the oil palette she holds distinguishes Moser from the many women amateurs who practised flower-painting in the less-taxing medium of watercolours. The close focus, dramatic colours and sidelong glance also emphasise that her professional status did not compromise her feminine charms.

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