Edward Wortley Montagu
4 of 5 portraits of Edward Wortley Montagu
Edward Wortley Montagu
by John Raphael Smith, published by John Boydell, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, published 15 August 1776 (1775)
19 7/8 in. x 14 in. (505 mm x 355 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), Writer and traveller; son of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 128 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Matthew William Peters (1742-1814), Painter and Chaplain to the Prince Regent. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist associated with 186 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Artist John Constable is born.
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