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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Mary Berry (1763-1852), Writer

c.1771-72
Painting by Johann Zoffany, Mary and Agnes standing in a park with a large dog (illus. G. C. Williamson and Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, f.p.158). Private Collection. Engraved H. Adlard 1865, from a painting in the possession of Colonel Ferguson of Raith. Painted when the artist was a neighbour of the Berrys at Chiswick (see M. Webster, Johan Zoffany, exhibition catalogue, NPG, 1977, no.70).

before 1784
Watercolour by Agnes Berry, Mary and Agnes in the grounds at Strawberry Hill (listed in H. Walpole, Description of Strawberry Hill, 1784, p 95).

1790
Miniature by Anne Foldsone (Mrs Anne Mee), bust-length oval in white dress. Chewton House, from the Strawberry Hill sale, 22nd day, lot 60 ‘A pair of miniature Portraits of the Misses Agnes and Mary Berry, 1790, signed H. W. by Miss Foltson’ bought in (illus. The Grace of Friendship, ed. V. Surtees, 1995, f.p.148; B. Riccio ed., Mary Berry un'inglese in Italia, diari e corrispondenza dal 1783 al 1823, 2000, p 132, on both occasions described in error as in the British Museum). Engraved H. Adlard 1865. The companion piece of Agnes Berry in the same collection. Commissioned by Walpole just before the sisters departed for Italy in October 1790, but he did not received them until October 1791 (by which time the artist had become for him ‘a prodigy of dishonest impertinence’; Wal. Corr., XI, p 193).

1793
Bust by Anne Seymour Damer, see NPG 6395.

1797
Watercolour by Anna Tonelli, oval. Private collection; Strawberry Hill sale, 11th day, 6 May 1842, lot 69 ‘Portrait of Two Young Ladies, by Mrs Tonelli’, bt. in. Presumably the portrait exhibited by Tonelli RA 1797 (435, Portraits of Two young Ladies). The artist had visited Strawberry Hill in July 1794 (Wal. Corr., XII, p 246).

1800
Miniature by Mrs Francis Wheatley, exhibited RA 1800 (835).

c.1800
Wax by Samuel Percy, half length with bonnet. Victoria and Albert Museum (A.14.1970; illus. Pickpocketing the Rich, Bath, 2002, p 24).

1816
Drawn and engraved by F. Gerard, three-quarter length seated with a straw hat (pub. Drouart, Paris).

1850
Drawing by J. R. Swinton, half length, wearing a bonnet, engraved H. Robinson 1850; anon. 1851. An anon. seated three-quarter length portrait appears to use the same head (illus. L. Melville, Berry Papers, 1914, f.p.196).

Doubtful Portraits
Miniature by George Engleheart of c.1795-1800, Richmond Borough Council (illus. G. C. Williamson, Portrait Miniatures, 1897, f.p.12; a pendant to an Agnes Berry in the same collection); version with A. J. Fink, Baltimore, in 1950; drawing by Paul Sandby at Windsor (illus. Wal. Corr., XI, f.p.12; Oppé 1947, no.288); engraving by H. Adlard 1865, ‘from a Miniature in the possession of Viscountess Palmerston’.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.