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Edward Wortley Montagu

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Edward Wortley Montagu was a traveller, linguist and eccentric. The oldest son of Edward and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu he was much influenced by his childhood visit to Constantinople between 1716 and 1718. Using his inheritance as security against his creditors he left England permanently in 1762 and travelled in the Middle East as an enthusiastic archaeologist for a little over a decade. In 1773, Edward settled in Venice and lived, according to one of his contemporaries, with 'the manners, habit and magnificence of a Turk.' In this half-length portrait, Edward is shown surrounded by rich, patterned materials and presents himself in full 'Turkish' costume.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

Title

Edward Wortley Montagu

Date

1775

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 116.2 x W 86.2 cm

Accession number

4573

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1967

Work type

Painting

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