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Stipple engraving
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W. Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds (1721–1792)
[Mary Robinson]
Stipple engraving
London, 1785
NYPL, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Mary Robinson: “I never knew a human being with so full a mind—bad, good, and indifferent, I grant you, but full and overflowing.” He was only one of her circle of literary friends, which also included William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Eliza Fenwick, John Wolcott, and the novelist Jane Porter, among others. Toward the end of her life Robinson depended wholly on her writing for support, but at the beginning of her career, when Reynolds painted her, she was famous as an actress and for her brief stint as mistress to the Prince of Wales.

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