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        Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, c.1725

        Richardson, Jonathan (1665-1745) (attr. to). English. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 18th Century. From the Collection of Earl of Harrowby; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was an English aristocrat, writer and early feminist. Montagu is remembered for her lively travel writing in the form of letters, in particular those from Turkey. Having been scarred by smallpox as a young woman, she pioneered inoculation against the disease in England after observing its effectiveness in Turkey. Provenance: Private Collection.

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