Mrs Jane Baldwin (1763-1839) was the daughter of William Maltass, a merchant who traded with the East through the Levant company. She was born in Myrna, Turkey in June 1763 and married George Baldwin who became British Consul-General in Egypt. She was a celebrated beauty and Sir Joshua Reynolds paints her in a Persian-derived costume, consistent with the fashion for depicting sitters in fancy dress. Mrs Baldwin wore this costume on several occasions, including a ball in London given by the King, and was known as the 'pretty Greek'.
Sir Joshua Reynolds Mrs Baldwin in Eastern Dress 1782 © Compton Verney
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