Lady Montague and her son Edward (ones that commissioned the chinoiserie en suite). I LOVE her outfit. Beautiful portrait.

1717 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward by Jean Baptiste van Mour (National Portrait Gallery - London UK)

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.

Multiculturalism for Steampunk: CYL: Beyond the Harem- Clothing of the Steam-Age Ottoman Empire

Lady Montagu and the Introduction of Smallpox Inoculation to England | Muslim Heritage

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was one of the first to use and publicize the method of variolation, which is to expose her children to small pox early in life so they later would be immune to its deadly effects.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, notable for her letters, particularly those describing her time spent in Turkey, the first secular account of its kind by a woman.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu would not only introduce London to inoculation against smallpox, but her series of ‘Turkish Embassy Letters’ make up the first secular work on the Muslim Orient by a Western woman.

Portrait of a Lady thought to be Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762 by George Knapton - the oriental costume is because Mary was living in Constantinople as wife of the British Ambassador, circa 1718

It's About Time: Turquerie-George Knapton (English artist, Portrait of a Lady thought to be Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

She defied convention most memorably with her pioneering of a smallpox inoculation, a course of action unparalleled in medical advance up to that point. Lady Mary's own brother had died of smallpox and her own famous beauty had been marred by a bout with the disease in 1715. In 1717, she went to live in Turkey with her husband, the British ambassador to that country, and stayed for two years. There she witnessed the practice of inoculation against smallpox—variolation—which she called…

Mary Wortley Montagu, pictured in Turkish dress in 1756

Jonathan Richardson - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (c1725)

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Jonathan Richardson the Younger (Earl of Harrowby private collection)

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu y el estilo epistolar

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu y el estilo epistolar

A Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Ottoman dress, English School, 18th/19th century.

English School, Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Ottoman costume, late c, early c

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1852' Framed Print on Canvas Format:

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by William Powell Frith Framed Painting Print

One of my favorites - 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)

1739 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Carlo Francesco Rusca (UK Government Art Collection)

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1852' Framed Print on Canvas Format:

Historic Art Gallery 'Pope Makes Love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by William Powell Frith Framed Painting Print

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