mar 1779 [her age 16, him age 35]
[born 26th June 1763, Smyrna, Turkey].
They travelled to England.
They stopped en route in Vienna in 1780 (her age 17), where they were received by the British Ambassador to the Holy Roman Empire, Robert Murray Keith.
In Vienna, Emperor Joseph (born 1741) was so entranced with Jane's beauty he commissioned a bust of her, and the elderly Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg commissioned a portrait of her.
[Jane's obituary] says they arrived London 1781. She was known as the "pretty Greek" in London society. (She was not Greek, but the W European merchants lived among the Greek community of W Turkey.)
"This pretty Greek as we call her" [Diary of Mrs Hester Lynch Thrale].
Her portrait was painted in London by Sir Joshua Reynolds in Feb 1782 (her age 18). He painted her in Eastern dress.
Fanny Burney and others in London society were much impressed by her.
Her portrait was painted by Richard Cosway.
She lived in England for a number of years.
Her intelligence and beauty attracted many admirers, including the Prince of Wales (future George IV, born 1762).
Even old Dr Johnson (died 1784) asked permission to kiss her.
British Consul-General in Egypt:
George was British Consul-General in Egypt 1786 to 1796.
He departed England with his wife in Aug 1786. They stopped with her family at Smyrna. He went on to Alexandria, Egypt.
He built up extensive property in Alexandria.
Jane joined him in Egypt and was there as at 1789.
He warned London of French plans for Egypt, but was not listened to and his post was terminated in 1793 (though oddly he did not receive the message until 1796).
He left Egypt 1798 as the French invasion loomed, leaving behind his property in Alexandria, which the French seized.
He went to Italy, where he assisted with the planning of the British counter-invasion of Egypt.
He returned to Egypt with the British forces in Mar 1801.
He returned to England in May 1801.
Jane's portrait was painted by
Their marriage was unhappy.
George wrote on his belief in magnetic therapy. (Now regarded as pseudoscience.)
He retired to Earl's Court, London.
He died Earl's Court, 19 February 1826, age 81 yrs.
Jane died 1839, age 76 yrs.
George and Jane had issue:
was done by Reynolds for his own interest
and was not given to the Maltass/Baldwin family.
After Reynolds' death it was owned by his niece, the wife of Murrough O'Brien, 1st Marquess of Thomond.
Then owned by Richard Westall.
Bought by 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne 1813. It hung at Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square, London, then later at his family's seat Bowood House, Wiltshire.
It is listed as "Portrait of a Greek lady" in the Bowood collection in Treasures of Art in Great Britain, Dr. Waagen, 1854, Vol.III, p.160.
Sold for £3.4m at Sotheby's in 2004, the 2nd highest auction price ever reached for a work by Reynolds.
Now in Compton Verney art gallery, Warwickshire.
Letter from Fanny Burney to Samuel Crisp, 15 Mar 1782.
Page 102 of above.
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