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"This has been identified as a portrait of the famous travellor and advocate of innoculation, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)." 1717-1718. Artist unknown.


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.


A Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Ottoman dress, English School, 18th/19th century | Lot | Sotheby's


▴ Artistic Accessories ▴ clothes, jewelry, hats in art - Unknown Artist | Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, circa 1718


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, early 18th century, author of famous Letters from Turkey, which she wrote when she lived in that country as wife of the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Court.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), writer and traveller, portrayed in 1739 by Carlo Francesco Rusca with her arm resting on a skull, a symbolic memento mori. (Government Art Collections)

from the Guardian

Rare letter by Mary Wortley Montagu, pioneering travel writer, up for sale

The only surviving autograph letter by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu written from Turkey in 1717.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu - merging of east and western fashions


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.