Sarah Biffin, Mrs E.M. Wright, 1784 - 1850. Artist (Self-portrait)

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Sarah Biffin, Mrs E.M. Wright, 1784 - 1850. Artist (Self-portrait) 1830


  • Portrait of the Month
This miniature self-portrait by the artist Sarah Biffin, also known by her married name, Mrs E.M. Wright, bears the following inscription on the back: ‘Painted by Mrs Wright – born without hands or feet’. It is a remarkable and incredibly detailed portrait by a courageous woman, who taught herself to sew, write and paint using only her mouth to steady her needle or brush. This miniature measures just over 10 cm in height and has been painted in watercolour on paper. Like many portrait miniatures, it is set in a gilt-metal frame and has a little eye for a chain, which would allow the owner to wear it like a piece of jewellery.

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A painting or drawing, usually a portrait, on a very small scale. These were popular prior to the invention of photographic portraits in the 19th century.



  • Acc. No. PG 3348
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size Height: 10.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Helen Godfrey in memory of her mother Mrs Daphne Foskett