Portrait of Mary Ellen Meredith by Henry Wallis

Mary Ellen (1821-1861) married George Meredith in 1849 but their marriage was troubled.

Details

Category:
Portrait
Medium:
Pencil on paper Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,500 ( Total: £13,000)
Acquired in:
2003
Vendor:
Campbell-Wilson

The couple met Wallis in the early 1850s and posed for several of his works. In 1857 Mary Ellen left her husband for Wallis and they had a son together. She died soon after that and Wallis brought up their son by himself.

Provenance

By descent from the artist to Harold Wallis; 1933, his widow Mary Wallis; 1964; her cousin, Vera Langley; 1988, by descent; Bonham's, 2002.

Venue details

Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford Oxfordshire OX1 2PH 01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

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