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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

An Extraordinary 18th Century Woman

Past partnership exhibition

A renowned author, traveller and socialite, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was one of the most colourful women of the 18th Century. From 10 March until 3 June 2007, the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, will show the first exhibition focusing specifically on the life of this fascinating woman. This exhibition aims to make historic portraits more accessible to young people and is part of the National Regional Partnerships scheme. 

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: An Extraordinary 18 th Century Woman brings together a selection of original letters from Sheffield City Archives, alongside paintings and prints depicting Lady Mary, her family, friends and adversaries drawn from the National Portrait Gallery, Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust and other collections. It will also show, for the first time, a portrait of her son, Edward Wortley Montagu by George Romney, given to Sheffield as part of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council's (MLA) Acceptance in Lieu Scheme in 2005 alongside the stunning portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Jonathan Richardson from Sheffield City Collections.

Supported by the DCMS/DfES Strategic Commissioning National/Regional Museum Education Partnerships Programme.

Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
10 March - 3 June 2007