London, South Kensington
8 May 2008
James Sharples (1825-1893)
Portrait traditionally identified as Hester Thrale (1741-1821), bust length, in profile
inscribed 'Mrs Thrale' (on reverse)
watercolour and bodycolour
oval, 10¾ x 8¾ in. (27.3 x 22.3 cm.)
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Born Hester Salisbury, Mrs Thrale was well known for her salons where poets and authors congregated. She was very well regarded in literary circles and by leading figures of the day, such as Dr Johnson on whom she wrote two books.
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