Mary Edwards (1705–43) was an English heiress and important art patron. Reported to be the richest woman in England, she was both friend and patron to William Hogarth, and his portrait of her shows his respect for her strength of character and status. Poised in a striking red dress, Hogarth paints Edwards with many of the symbols traditionally reserved for portraits of powerful men. Busts of Queen Elizabeth I and Alfred the Great, a globe, and an open scroll of Joseph Addison’s proclamation of individual rights provide the backdrop to Edwards, and she rests her hand on the head of a large, devoted hunting spaniel.
The largest print size we are able to offer for this artwork is 80 x 60 cm.
Miss Mary Edwards
Hogarth and Europe
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 1264 x 1013 mm The Frick Collection
William Hogarth (1697 -1764) was an English painter and engraver, renowned for his satirical engravings. Contemporary drama and novels provided Hogarth with inspiration and often explored themes of vanity, corruption, betrayal and death. His engravings and prints were hugely popular and mass-produced in his lifetime, making him one of the most significant English artists of his generation.