Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793), Playwright and novelist

Actress, playwright and novelist; stage début Dublin 1749-51 as Miss Kennedy; married 1751 Richard Griffith (1716-88), her Letters between Henry and Frances 1757 publishing their courtship correspondence; played at Covent Garden 1753-54 and settled in London c.1756; subsequently wrote dramatic poems and plays, several translated from the French.


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.