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Portrait of Mrs. Reid in the Character of a Sultana

Robert Edge Pine (1730–1788), Portrait of Mrs. Reid in the Character of a Sultana, 1763, oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Robert M. McRae.

ROBERT EDGE PINE (1730–1788)

An admired British portraitist, Pine moved to America after his sympathies for the American Revolution offended his patrons. In this painting, he depicts the actress Mrs. Reid playing the exotic role of a Sultan’s wife in the company of her turbaned African servant. The painting once belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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