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Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson) (1836-1865), Author of the 'Book of Household Management'; known as 'Mrs Beeton'

Sitter in 3 portraits
Isabella Beeton was the author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. The book was an essential guide to running a Victorian household. It included advice on many things including fashion, child-care, science and a large number of recipes. Although most people think of Mrs Beeton as a source of culinary inspiration she meant much more than this to the Victorians. She was the very embodiment of the Victorian ideology of a woman's place being in the home.

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Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson)

by Maull & Polyblank
hand-tinted albumen print, 1857


Isabella Mary Beeton (née Mayson)

by Maull & Co, after Maull & Polyblank
bromide print, 1865-1877 (1857)
NPG x32791