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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Mary Lamb (1764-1847), Sister and collaborator of Charles Lamb

Apart from Cary's double portrait, for which she had sittings in 1834 at the British Museum, the only other known portrait is a daguerreotype, called Mary Lamb, in Robert Partridge's collection 1946 (photograph in NPG).

A comic drawing by Thomas Hood shows her climbing over a stile at Edmonton in summer 1827, printed in Hone's Table Book, 1827-8, II, p 79, as John Gilpin's wife.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.