Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley) (1754-1792), Singer and writer

Singer, famed for her voice and her beauty; eldest daughter of Thomas Linley, musician of Bath; first performed at the age of twelve; in 1772 she sang before the King; married 1773 R. B. Sheridan, after which she stopped singing in public; she assisted Sheridan at the Drury Lane Theatre and publicly supported Fox; d. of consumption in Bath.

‘a late Bishop used to say that “she seemed to him the connecting link between woman and angel”' (Thomas Moore, 1825).

‘She is really beautiful; her Complection, a clear, lovely, Animated Brown, with a blooming colour on her Cheeks; her Nose, that most elegant of shapes, Grecian; fine, luxurious, easy setting Hair, a charming Forehead, pretty mouth, & most bewitching Eyes. With all this, her Carriage is modest & unassuming, & her Countenance indicates diffidence, & a strong desire of pleasing; a desire in which she can never be disappointed’ (Fanny Burney, 1773).

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.