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The Taylor Family (Martin Taylor; Ann Taylor; Jefferys Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Jane Taylor; Ann Taylor)

1 of 2 portraits of Isaac Taylor

The Taylor Family (Martin Taylor; Ann Taylor; Jefferys Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Isaac Taylor; Jane Taylor; Ann Taylor)

by Isaac Taylor
oil on canvas, 1792
17 3/4 in. x 13 1/2 in. (451 mm x 343 mm)
Given by the daughter-in-law of Ann Taylor, Mrs Josiah Gilbert, 1900
Primary Collection
NPG 1248

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  • Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), Nonconformist divine, writer and engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Ann Taylor (née Martin) (1757-1830), Writer; wife of Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ann Taylor (Mrs Gilbert) (1782-1866), Writer of children's poetry; daughter of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), Nonconformist divine, writer and engraver. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • Isaac Taylor (1787-1865), Writer and artist; eldest son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jane Taylor (1783-1824), Writer of children's poetry; daughter of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jefferys Taylor (1792-1853), Children's writer; youngest son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Martin Taylor (1788-1867), Son of Ann and Isaac Taylor. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This portrait was painted by Isaac Taylor in his garden at Lavenham in Suffolk in 1792 shortly after the birth of his fifth child, Jefferys. Standing in the foreground in white dresses with pink sashes and red slippers are his daughters Jane and Ann. In the thatched summer-house in the background are Isaac himself and his wife Anne, also an author of children's books, who holds the new baby. On the lawn in front of the summer-house are the two older boys; Martin, who plays with a toy cart, and Isaac, who would grow up to be an artist, author and inventor. When they first moved to Lavenham, Ann Taylor pined for her London life but the garden soon captivated her: 'and I began to wonder at my insensibility to all its rich profusion on our first arrival'.

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Current affairs

The famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.

Art and science

Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism.
Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.


The mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.
The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.
France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.

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