|Artist||William Ridley after John George Wood|
|Published||European Magazine. Published by J. Asperne at the Bible Crown & Constitution Cornhill 1st. December 1809|
|Dimensions||95 x 75 mm, 140 x 100 mm, 153 x 117 mm|
A half length portrait of Elizabeth Smith, turned to the right, wearing a collared blouse under a simple dress, her hair tied up in a bun, with loose short curls framing her face.
Elizabeth Smith (1776-1806) was the daughter of George Smith, a banker in Durham. From a young age, she was taught at home by her mother and later a governess, who taught her French, Italian, but she studied Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Latin, German, and even a bit of Irish grammar and Hebrew. She wrote poetry, papers on linguistics and did translations, and had a keen interest in Biblical and oriental studies. Her family moved to Suffolk, Bath and the Lake District, and along the way she made friends with Henriette Maria Bowler, Hannah More and Elizabeth Hamilton. Her health deteriorated and eventually she died young in 1806.
William Ridley (1764-1838) was a British printmaker who primarily produced stipple engravings. He produced book illustrations and prints after artists including Gainsborough, Lawrence and Reynolds.
Condition: Light impression.