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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu with her son, Edward Wortley Montagu, and attendants

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), Writer and traveller.

Identify Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), Writer and traveller; son of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.


This portrait was painted in Constantinople, which can be seen in the background. Lady Mary is shown in Turkish dress with her son and two attendants, one playing the Turkish lute, the other perhaps holding a letter. The country and its people fascinated her; her letters home cover a huge range of topics. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print)....

c. 1717
Oil on canvas
693.0 x 909.0mm
NPG 3924
Image and text © National Portrait Gallery, 2022

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