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Sarah Austin (née Taylor) (1793-1867), Translator

Sitter in 3 portraits
In 1820, Sarah Taylor married philosopher and jurist John Austin. Unlike her husband, she was extremely gregarious and drew around her a circle of prominent radical intellectuals at their Westminster home. She was a gifted translator and used this talent to supplement the family income, popularising much German literature in the process. After her husband's death in 1859, she edited his Lectures on Jurisprudence. She also edited the Memoirs of Sydney Smith (1855) and Lady Duff-Gordon's Letters from Egypt (1865).

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Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

by John Linnell
chalk and pencil, 1834
NPG 672


Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

by Lady Arthur Russell (Laura de Peyronnet)
oil on panel, circa 1867
NPG 598


Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

by (Isaac) Weld Taylor, after Henry Perronet Briggs
lithograph, published 1835
NPG D7451