Portrait of Hester and Queeney Thrale in 1777/8 by Sir Joshua Reynolds
"Mrs. Thrale" was acquired by Lord Beaverbrook (Sir Max Aitken - historically connected to "The Daily Express" in London) in 1955, and has been a jewel of our collection in the gallery since he "gifted" it to the people of New Brunswick in 1959.
As a Docent at the gallery, I'm working on a presentation of "The Real Mrs. Thrale", for Gallery members' information. After searching our archives, and reading various printed references, I have been visiting the web, and was delighted to find your informative website. I feel as if I am receiving "the real goods" on the lady, as information here is from "family".
My work on this particular paper is nearly complete, but I have other unfinished work involving Hester Lynch (Salusbury) Thrale. It concerns a painting ostensibly of her (that full name is inscribed within the painting itself), and the painting is not signed. It was originally ascribed to Nathaniel Dance, but in recent years, some art "experts" have come to believe that it was done by Copley.
May I send you more information about this, in the hope that you can shed some light on questions which have arisen from this new "authorship" of Mrs. Thrale's likeness?
Thank you for your kind attention. I hope to learn more concerning this subject.
|Henry Thrale M.P.
1724/9 - 2 May 1821
|Henry Thrale||Family tree and portraits · Homes · H. Thrale & Co. brewery · Parliamentary career · Pets · Travels · Coaching accident · Ill health · Death · Mourning tablet · Burial vault · Will · Testimonials|
|Hester Salusbury||Courtship · Marriage dowry · Marriage · Children · 13th anniversary|
|People||Father: Ralph Thrale M.P. · Arthur Murphy · Samuel Johnson · Jeremiah Crutchley · Sir John Lade · Streatham Worthies · King Louis XVI & Queen Marie Antoinette|
|Writings about||Dr Johnson's 'Own Dear Master · The Thrales of Streatham Park · Three Centuries · Thraliana|
|Hester Lynch Thrale née Salusbury
1741 - 2 May 1821
|Hester Thrale||Family tree and portraits · Homes · Works · Writings . Thraliana · Pets · Travels · 80th party · Criticism · Death · Obituaries|
|Henry Thrale||Courtship · Marriage dowry · Marriage · Children · 13th anniversary|
|Gabriel Piozzi||Marriage · 7th anniversary · Adopted son · Miscarried daughter|
|People||Samuel Johnson · Streatham Worthies · Proposal from Mr. Swale · King Louis XVI & Queen Marie Antoinette|
|Writings about||The Thrales of Streatham Park · Dr Johnsons Women · Intimate letters · Hester Lynch Piozzi · Dr Johnsons Women · Doctor Johnson's Mrs Thrale · By Samuel Johnson: Ode to · 35th verses · By Herbert Lawrence: Song to Hester|