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Hannah Fry, Mrs Harris Prendergast (1814 - 1859)

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Hannah Fry, Mrs Harris Prendergast (1814 - 1859) 1838


  • Scottish Art
Hannah Mary Elizabeth Fry, daughter of the Reverend Thomas Fry, married London barrister Harris Prendergast, probably about the date that this picture was painted. She is shown here in a fashionable satin evening dress, with a heart-shaped d├ęcolletage and short sleeves trimmed with ribbon bows. A curved bertha (a deep falling collar) of blonde lace falls over her arms and helps to create a drooping shoulder line. Mrs Fry's clothing, hair ringlets, and accessories all reflect the revival of interest during the late 1830s in mid-seventeenth century fashions. This portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1838.

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Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

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  • Acc. No. NG 2127
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 126.50 x 101.00 cm (framed: 161.40 x 135.90 x 8.50 cm)
  • Credit Bequest of Canon Charles Edward Middleton Fry 1950