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Miss Offy Palmer
oil on canvas
76.7 × 64.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1911
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Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Theophila (‘Offy’) Palmer (1757–1848) was the favourite niece of Sir Joshua Reynolds and model for his acclaimed ‘fancy’ picture Strawberry Girl, 1773 (Wallace Collection, London). Offy kept house for Reynolds in London before marrying Robert Gwatkin of Plymouth in 1781. This portrait possibly dates from the period of Offy’s courtship. This painting, which has recently undergone conservation treatment, is now considered a studio copy after a portrait that Reynolds made for the Gwatkin family before 1781, perhaps by the hand of Reynolds’s sister, Frances (‘Fanny’) Reynolds (1729–1807).