Painted at the outset of the American War of Independence, this political portrait conveys Macaulay's commitment to representative government. To indicate her republican sentiments and belief in democracy, she is dressed as a Roman matron, but also wears the distinctive purple sash of an elected Roman Senator. The letter in her hand refers to her friend and patron Reverend Thomas Wilson, who probably commissioned this portrait.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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