Walter Kendall was Plymouth Dock’s town clerk.
Part of a collection of 6 or 7 Kendall family portraits painted in 1744 when Reynolds was 21 years old.
The identity of the sitter in a blue dress is uncertain. She may be an in-law of Walter Kendall.
An early example of the artist’s use of the profile. Mary Fletcher married Walter Kendall of Cornwall in 1740.
Artist Reynolds’s blood uncle’s wife’s sister. Though called “Mrs.” the sitter was never married.
Richard Edgcumbe, son of Sir Richard Edgcumbe, became, at 22 years old, MP from Plympton where he served for 32 years. He was a reliable ally to long-serving British prime minister Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745). Edgcumbe married in 1715 but was a widower six years later. Reynolds’s painting was destroyed by bombing in World War II.
The attentive young subject is a midshipman in the British navy.