Vertue Jodrell was married in 1772 to her second cousin, the classical scholar and dramatist Richard Paul Jodrell. In a departure from normal practice, the couple commissioned their marriage portraits from professional rivals: his is by Thomas Gainsborough (Frick Collection, New York).
Artist Joshua Reynolds, English, 1723-1792
  • Mrs. Richard Paul Jodrell
Date between 1774 and 1776
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 30 1/2 × 25 1/4 inches (77.5 × 64.1 cm)
Framed: 41 1/4 × 36 × 4 1/8 inches (104.8 × 91.4 × 10.5 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Eleanor Clay Ford
Accession Number 77.7
Department European Painting
On View Fashionable Living: S330.7, Level 3 (see map)
Rev. Sir Edward Repps Joddrell (Holt, Norfolk, England);
the sitter's grandson, Bart. Bayfield Hall [d. 1882];
by inheritance to his widow;
June 30, 1888, sold by (Jodrell, Christie's, London, England) lot 70;
1888, purchased by Samuels, possibly on behalf of Sir Alfred Joddrell of Bayfield Hall [for £451, 10s];
(Duveen Brothers, New York, New York, USA);
January 23, 1930, purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
1977-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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