The Edgeworth Family
Estate of Michael Butler; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
The Edgeworth Family
by Adam Buck
chalk, watercolour and pastel on paper, 1787
10 5/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (271 mm x 403 mm) oval
Lent by a private collection, 2005
Sittersback to top
- Anna Maria Beddoes (née Edgeworth) (1773-1824), Daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Charlotte Edgeworth (1783-1807), Daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Elizabeth Edgeworth (née Sneyd) (1753-1797), Third wife of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Elizabeth Edgeworth (1781-1805), Daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Henry Edgeworth (1782-1813), Son of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Honora Edgeworth (1774-1790), Daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Lovell Edgeworth (1775-1842), Son of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), Novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter associated with 9 portraits. Identify
- Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), Writer and inventor. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- William Edgeworth (1787-1790), Son of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Emmeline King (née Edgeworth) (1770-1817), Daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Charles Sneyd (1786-1864), Son of Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
This portraitback to top
This drawing captures the intellectual, emotional and ideological bonds between a large, loving family and a father and his daughter in particular. Richard Lovell Edgeworth was an engineer, inventor and educational writer while his eldest daughter, Maria wrote fiction and educational texts. Together they completed Practical Education (1798), a pioneering work of educational theory that advocated the importance of learning through play, the integration of the generations and the importance of children within the family. These sentiments are expressed in Buck's drawing of the family.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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. 53 Read entry
Although of Irish descent and often resident in Ireland, the Edgeworths were deeply involved in English intellectual life. This group portrait shows Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), engineer, inventor and educational writer, his eldest daughter Maria (1768-1849), novelist and educational writer, and his third wife Elizabeth (1753-97). Together, Richard and Maria wrote Practical Education (1798), a pioneering work that advocated learning through play and the integration of adults' and children's lives.
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Events of 1787back to top
Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.
Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.
InternationalCaptain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.
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