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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), Writer and traveller

Author of the Letters; of aristocratic birth, née Pierrepont; married, 1712, Edward Wortley Montagu, MP for Huntingdon; accompanied him, 1716, on his appointment as ambassador to Constantinople; a victim of smallpox, on her return to England, 1718, supported the practice of inoculation; a leader of society; Pope, one of her greatest admirers, later published scurrilous attacks; went to Italy, 1739, Avignon, 1742, Brescia, 1746; settled in Venice until 1761, returning to England at her husband's death; Court Poems afterwards called Town Eclogues appeared 1716, Letters from the East and Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M--y W-----y M------, published posthumously, 1763.

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Boppé 1911
A. Boppé, Les Peintres du Bosphore, Paris, 1911.

Halsband 1956
R. Halsband, The Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1956.

Halsband (ed.) 1967
The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, ed. by R. Halsband, 1967.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.