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Bluestocking circle


From the early 1750s, the rich socialite Elizabeth Montagu began to play host, along with others, to a new kind of cultural society. The Blue Stockings, or Blues as they where first called were a group of privileged women, determined to discuss matters such as Art, Language and Literature, topics which had previously been a male only domain. It is thought the term Blue Stocking came from one of the society's invited male guests, Benjamin Stillingfleet, who wore the less formal blue leg attire to attend a meeting, instead of the highly fashionable and expensive black style. In this way the name came to stand for substance over style, and female intellectuals were proud to associate themselves with the group and its values. However their pride in opening the field of education to women was not widely shared, and by the 19th century, the label of Blue Stocking had become one of a dowdy, unmarriable woman, ridiculed in society and the press.

James Beattie

James Beattie

1735-1803
Poet and philosopher
Sitter in 4 portraits
James Boswell

James Boswell

1740-1795
Biographer of Dr Johnson
Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Henrietta Maria Bowdler

Henrietta Maria Bowdler

1754-1830
Author
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

1729-1797
Statesman; orator; author
Sitter associated with 106 portraits
Frances 'Fanny' Burney

Frances 'Fanny' Burney

1752-1840
Diarist and novelist; daughter of Charles Burney
Sitter in 5 portraits
Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter

1717-1806
Scholar and writer
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Hester Chapone (née Mulso)

Hester Chapone (née Mulso)

1727-1801
Writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth

1768-1849
Novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
David Garrick

David Garrick

1717-1779
Actor, playwright and theatre manager
Sitter associated with 60 portraits
Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel)

Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel)

1724-1822
Dancer; wife of David Garrick
Sitter in 5 portraits
Elizabeth Griffith

Elizabeth Griffith

1727-1793
Playwright and novelist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

1709-1784
Poet, critic and lexicographer
Sitter associated with 50 portraits
Angelica Kauffmann

Angelica Kauffmann

1741-1807
Painter
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 23 portraits
Mary Moser

Mary Moser

1744-1819
Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 6 portraits
Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

1815-1852
Mathematician and computer pioneer
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Sir George Fulke Lyttelton, 2nd Bt

Sir George Fulke Lyttelton, 2nd Bt

1763-1828
Politician; MP for several constituencies
Sitter in 1 portrait
Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

1731-1791
Historian and political polemicist
Sitter in 17 portraits