The Wallace Collection

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Mrs Mary Robinson
  • Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)
  • Mrs Mary Robinson
  • England
  • 1783 - 1784
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 77 x 63.5 cm, unframed
    Frame size: 102.5 x 89.5 x 10.5 cm
  • P45
  • West Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Mrs. Robinson (1758-1800) earned the nickname ‘Perdita’ from her memorable performance in The Winter’s Tale at the Drury Lane Theatre where she attracted the attention of the seventeen-year-old Prince of Wales (later George IV) in 1779. She became his first mistress and as a well-known society beauty was painted by the leading portraitists of the day: Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney (see also Gainsborough P42 and Romney P37). The sitter and the artist became friends; the picture remained in Reynolds’s possession until his death, when Mrs. Robinson composed a Monody to his memory.