Katharine Read

Other names: 
Her first name is sometimes spelled Catherine.
Dates: 
3 Feb 1723-15 Dec 1778.

Katharine Read was born in Dundee on 3 Feb 1723, the daughter of Elizabeth Wedderburn and Alexander Read, laird and merchant. She trained as an artist in Edinburgh, France and Italy. She worked as a successful portraitist in London for twenty years. Her many subjects included Queen Charlotte. In the 1770s, she exhibited at the Royal Academy. She travelled to India with her niece, but suffered ill health and died on the journey home.

Sources
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women Ewan, Innes, Reynolds, Pipes (eds) , EUP, 2006
The entry on Katharine Read is on p299, and is by Lesley Lindsay.
Dundee Women's Trail, Mary Henderson, 2008
Page 38.