Miss Martha Ray,
Publish'd Augst: 10th: 1779, by V: Green, Mezzotinto Engraver, to his Majesty, &c: No:29, Newman Street, Oxford Street.
Stipple engraving in sanguine, 252 x 200mm. Slight paper discolouration.
Martha Ray (1742 – 1779) was a singer famous for her affair with John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. She lived with him from the age of seventeen as his mistress, while his wife had a mental illness. She gave birth to five children, one of whom was Basil Montagu. She was murdered in the foyer of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden by her former lover, James Hackman, a clergyman.
Not in BM. Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
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