J. R. Smith after The Rev. Peters
Edm.d Wortley Montagu Esq.
16.5 x 22.5 inches
A three-quarter length mezzotint portrait engraved by John Raphael Smith after the painting by the Reverend Matthew William Peters; published in London in 1776.
Edmund Wortley Montagu (1713-1776) was a traveller, linguist and eccentric of C18th England. He was the eldest son of Sir Edward and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and it was during a childhood trip to Constantinople between 1716 and 1718 that he acquired his love of exploration and travel. Using his inheritance as a security against his creditors he left England in 1762 and travelled to the Middle East as an archaeologist. He spent nearly a decade travelling around the region until, in 1773, he settled in Venice as a flamboyant and eccentric ex-pat. One of his contemporaries was fascinated by his lifestyle and described him as living "with the manners, habit and magnificence of a Turk". In this wonderful and evocative mezzotint, he is depicted in full Turkish attire with his hand resting upon a beautiful carpet.