Edward Wortley Montagu
2 of 5 portraits of Edward Wortley Montagu
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Edward Wortley Montagu
by Matthew William Peters
oil on canvas, 1775
45 3/4 in. x 33 7/8 in. (1162 mm x 862 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), Writer and traveller; son of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Matthew William Peters (1742-1814), Painter and Chaplain to the Prince Regent. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
In this half-length portrait, Edward is shown surrounded by rich, patterned materials and presents himself in full 'Turkish' costume. In NPG 3924 Edward appears in a portrait as a young boy with his mother in Constantinople.
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Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 342
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 436
- Simon, Robin, The portrait in Britain and America : with a biographical dictionary of portrait painters, 1680-1914, 1987, p. 218 number 182
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Events of 1775back to top
Current affairsAct of Parliament extends inventor James Watt's patent (first granted in 1769) and the first steam engines are built under it.
First known building society - Ketley's Building Society - is established in Birmingham by Richard Ketley, landlord of the Golden Cross Inn.
Art and scienceFirst performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals at the Covent Garden Theatre in London.
Artist J.M.W. Turner is born.
Satirist James Gillray's first engravings and etchings are published.
Navigator Captain Cook publishes his discovery of a preventive cure against scurvy, in the form of a regular ration of lemon juice.
InternationalWar of American Independence begins with British defeat at Lexington and Concord and lasts until 1783. British achieve a narrow and costly victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Edmund Burke delivers a speech to the British Parliament on conciliation with the American colonies.
First performance of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic opera The Barber of Seville in Paris.
Pope Pius VI succeeds Pope Clement XIV as the 251st pope.
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