Anne Isabella, Lady Byron (1792-1860), Wife of Lord Byron
Sitter in 7 portraits
Anne Isabella Milbanke was a well-educated young woman with an interest in theology and mathematics. She was a friend of the actress Sarah Siddons, the novelist Maria Edgeworth and other members of fashionable literary society who frequented her family home. She began a correspondence with Byron in 1812 and, encouraged by her aunt Lady Melbourne, agreed to marry him in 1815. Lady Melbourne was keen to distract the poet from her daughter-in-law Lady Caroline Lamb with whom he had been romantically linked. The marriage was a disaster and though they had a daughter together, the couple separated twelve months later amidst great scandal.