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Maria, Lady Callcott

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Maria Dundas (1785–1842), wife of Captain Thomas Graham, was an intrepid traveller. After his death, she married the painter, Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779–1844) in 1827. This lively sketch was probably made in the late 1830s and shows her wearing the turban-like headdress she affected to conceal a childhood scar.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



late 1830s


oil on panel


H 38.1 x W 31.5 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Museums and Galleries Commission/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Ashmolean, 1981

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