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Mary Delany (1700–1788) by John Opie, 1782 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Delany [née Granville; other married name Pendarves], Mary (1700–1788), court favourite and artist, was born at Coulston, Wiltshire, on 14 May 1700. The elder daughter of Bernard Granville (1671–1723) and his wife, Mary Westcomb (d. 1747), she was widely connected in court and political circles. Her father's elder brother was ...


Murphy, Marie-Louise (1737–1814), royal mistress and artist's model, was born in Rouen, France, on 21 October 1737. Of Irish descent, she was the fifth daughter of Daniel Murphy de Boisfailly (d. 1753), a shoemaker who had served in the French army, and his wife, ...


Ramsay, Lady Patricia [formerly Princess Patricia of Connaught] (1886–1974), artist, was born Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth in London at Buckingham Palace on St Patrick's day, 17 March 1886. She was the third and youngest child and younger daughter of Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, ...