Portrait shows Mrs. Froude seated, wearing a blue dress, quilted with bows in front, a white satin mantle trimmed with lace over her shoulders, playing a mandolin.

Mrs. Robert Froude, née Phillis Hurrell (1746-1826), 1762

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Phillis Hurrell was the only child of an old aristocratic family from Devon, England. She sat for Joshua Reynolds when she was about sixteen years old. He shows her playing a lute, perhaps a sign of her talent as well as her faithfulness and sympathetic character. In 1766, four years after having her portrait painted, Phillis married Robert Froude. The marriage was brief. Froude died in 1770 while Phillis was pregnant with their fourth child. Phillis outlived her husband by sixty-six years, dying in 1836 at the age of ninety.

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Title
Mrs. Robert Froude, née Phillis Hurrell (1746-1826)
Artist Life
1723–1792
Role
Artist
Accession Number
84.36
Catalogue Raisonne
Mannings, 977.
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Portrait shows Mrs. Froude seated, wearing a blue dress, quilted with bows in front, a white satin mantle trimmed with lace over her shoulders, playing a mandolin.