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Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough (1807-1881), Famous beauty; wife of 1st Earl of Ellenborough

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born into a wealthy family, she was married to Lord Ellenborough, who was twice her age. She rapidly fell in love with an Austrian prince and ran away with him, which led to a scandalous divorce. She then did a tour of European countries and titled European men, including a German baron, a Greek count and the King of Bavaria. Reaching Syria, she finally found lasting love with an Arab nobleman, Sheik Medjuel el Mezrab. She divided her time between her house in Damascus and his Bedouin tribe in the deserts around Palmyra, adopting local dress and customs. Jane recorded in watercolours some of these scenes from her life. When she died, Medjuel rode her favourite horse to her funeral in the cemetery in Damascus.

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883(10)

Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough

by Sir George Hayter
pencil and watercolour, circa 1825
NPG 883(10)

D36145

Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough

by Thomas Wright, published by Whittaker & Co, and published by Martin Colnaghi, after Henry Collen
stipple engraving, published June 1829
NPG D36145

D6861

Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough

by Thomas Wright, published by Whittaker & Co, and published by Martin Colnaghi, after Henry Collen
stipple engraving, published June 1829
NPG D6861

D2302

Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough

by Maxim Gauci, after Unknown artist
lithograph, 1831
NPG D2302

D36146

Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Ellenborough

by and published by Isaac Ware Slater, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, published by and after Joseph Slater
lithograph, 1836 or before
NPG D36146

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