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Miss Murray

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 18th century (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houston, Richard, born 1721 - died 1775 (engraver)
    Bowles, John, born 1701 - died 1779 (publisher)
    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 53

Physical description

Portrait of Miss Murray standing in a garden and tending a rose plant in a pot to the left. Half-length, facing slightly right and wearing a bonnet. In the background to the right is a gardener at work and an arcade in the distance..

Place of Origin

London (published)


3rd quarter 18th century (published)


Houston, Richard, born 1721 - died 1775 (engraver)
Bowles, John, born 1701 - died 1779 (publisher)
Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'R. Houston Fecit. Printed for Jno. Bowles and Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill.'
Lettered with name of sitter etc. and


Height: 35.2 cm cut, Width: 25.7 cm cut

Historical context note

The British Museum has a copy of this print. On their website the sitter is identified as Frances (Fanny) Murray (1729-1778), woman about town and wife of the actor David Ross (1728-1790).

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of Miss [Fanny?] Murray tending to a rose plant, mezzotint by Richard Houston after an unknown artist, third quarter of 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883.



Subjects depicted

Rose; Bonnet; Arcade; Gardener; Woman; Garden


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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