Mary Ellen (1821-1861) married George Meredith in 1849 but their marriage was troubled.
Portrait of Mary Ellen Meredith by Henry Wallis, 1858
© Ashmolean Museum
- Pencil on paper
- 10.2 x 8.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,500 ( Total: £13,000)
- Acquired in:
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.
By descent from the artist to Harold Wallis; 1933, his widow Mary Wallis; 1964; her cousin, Vera Langley; 1988, by descent; Bonham's, 2002.