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Anna Maria Jenkins; Thomas Jenkins

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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The art dealer and banker Thomas Jenkins was sometimes considered England's unofficial ambassador in Rome. His niece, Anna Maria, went to live with him in 1788. In 1790 she was searching for a husband and this portrait can be viewed as an advertisement of her charms. The rural setting, with distant view of the Colosseum, her white dress and the flowers she holds, all signify Anna Maria's beauty and purity.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1790

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    129.5 x 94.6 cm

  • Accession number

    5044

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1975. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

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