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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), Novelist

Author of Frankenstein, 1818; daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft and 2nd wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

'I have never seen a portrait that at all did her justice. If not a beauty she was a most lovable-looking woman; with a skin exquisitely fair, and expressive grey eyes ...' (Elizabeth Rennie quoted in Jane Dunn's Moon in Eclipse, 1978, plate 3).

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Dunn 1978
Jane Dunn, Moon in Eclipse, 1978.

Glynn Grylls 1938
R. Glynn Grylls, Mary Shelley, 1938.

Jones (ed.) 1946
Mary Shelley's Journal, ed. F. L. Jones, 1946.

Marshall 1889
Mrs Julian Marshall, Life and Letters, 2 vols., 1889.

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.