Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, spent two years in Turkey in the early 1700's. During her stay she wrote many letters decribing the clothing and habits of Turkish women - including a form of innoculation against small pox. In the center, a European painter portrays her in Ottoman dress in 1718.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762). Best remembered for her travel writing, she also wrote poetry and prose. She socialised with many of the great literary figures of the early eighteenth century (and had a notoriously stormy relationship with Alexander Pope). Beyond writing, she pioneered the practice of smallpox inoculation, which she encountered during her travels in Turkey.