- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Edward Francisco Burney
oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1933
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Sitterback to top
- Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney') (1752-1840), Diarist and novelist; daughter of Charles Burney. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848), Artist and cousin of Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'). Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The daughter of Dr Charles Burney, Fanny Burney's first novel, Evelina, or the history of a young lady's entrance into the world (1778), astonished her friends and became a bestseller. In 1793 she married General D'Arblay, a French refugee. Her well-known Diary, documenting her friendships with Hester Thrale and Dr Johnson and her life at the court of George III was first published in the 1840s. This portrait was painted by her cousin Edward Francis Burney.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Eger, Elizabeth; Peltz, Lucy, Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings, 2008 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 13 March to 15 June 2008), p. 25
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 121
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 60
- Ross, Josephine, Jane Austen and her World, 2017, p. 85
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 163
- Uglow, Jenny, Character Sketches: Dr Johnson, His Club and Other Friends, 1998, p. 57
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 112
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 145
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings (13 March 2008 - 15 June 2008)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1784back to top
Current affairsTheatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer runs the first mail coach in England, between Bristol and London. A three day journey is now completed in 16 hours.
Commutation Act reduces punitive duties on tea to combat smuggling.
Art and scienceAeronaut James Sadler makes the first hot air balloon flight in Britain, from Oxford to Woodeaton.
Chemist Henry Cavendish's paper Experiments on Air reveals the composition of water.
Writer Samuel Johnson dies.
Joshua Reynolds succeeds Allan Ramsay as Painter to the King.
InternationalThomas Jefferson's Land Ordinance passed by the United States' Continental Congress, coming into effect the following year. It allows for the sale of land in the largely unmapped west of the country.
Britain receives its first bales of cotton from the United States since before the War of American Independence.
William Pitt's India Act creates a Board of Control to oversee the affairs of the British East India Company and centralise power.
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