The Edgeworth Family

1 portrait of Elizabeth Edgeworth

The Edgeworth Family, by Adam Buck, 1787 - NPG L236 - Estate of Michael Butler; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Estate of Michael Butler; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Edgeworth Family

by Adam Buck
chalk, watercolour and pastel on paper, 1787
10 5/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (271 mm x 403 mm) oval
Lent by Michael Butler, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG L236

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  • Adam Buck (1759-1833). Artist associated with 16 portraits.

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This drawing captures the intellectual, emotional and ideological bonds between a large, loving family and a father and his daughter in particular. Richard Lovell Edgeworth was an engineer, inventor and educational writer while his eldest daughter, Maria wrote fiction and educational texts. Together they completed Practical Education (1798), a pioneering work of educational theory that advocated the importance of learning through play, the integration of the generations and the importance of children within the family. These sentiments are expressed in Buck’s drawing of the family.

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