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The Hon. Theresa Robinson, Mrs John Parker (1745–1775)

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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This is a tender full-length portrait in a landscape of Theresa, the second wife of John Parker (1734/1735–1788) (created Lord Boringdon in 1784, after her death), a regular patron and friend of the artist. His mother is reputed to have given Reynolds, born only four miles from Saltram, his first pencil.

Reynolds depicts Theresa in profile, an austere presentation often used for funerary images. This was an uncanny choice as Theresa died three years after the portrait was completed.

Theresa was loved and admired for her good nature and taste, not least by Reynolds who was very fond of her and wrote her obituary. Of this portrait, she wrote: 'Mr Parker says I am drawn feeling my pulse; it may not be the less like for that, as I am apt to do so'.

National Trust, Saltram



The Hon. Theresa Robinson, Mrs John Parker (1745–1775)




oil on canvas


H 233.5 x W 142 cm

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accepted in lieu of estate duty by HM Government in 1956 and on loan to the National Trust for Saltram House

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Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH England

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