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Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy) (1794-1860), Writer and art historian

Sitter in 8 portraits
Daughter of miniaturist D.B. Murphy, Anna Brownell Murphy spent some years as a governess before marrying a lawyer, Robert Jameson, in 1825. The marriage was unsuccessful and he went to Canada to pursue his legal career. She remained in London, becoming one of the first art historians and critics, earning her living by writing and also promoted women's rights. Her husband wanted her to visit him in Canada so she went reluctantly from 1836 to 1838. Her experiences were extraordinary, including crossing Lake Huron in a canoe paddled by five Native Americans. On Anna's return to Britain, her husband granted her £300 a year, allowing her to write in comfort. After his death her friends then supported her.

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P6(112)

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(112)

x15274

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
carbon print, 1843-1847
NPG x15274

x26045

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1847
NPG x26045

D36483

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by Henry Adlard, after Denis Brownell Murphy
stipple engraving, (1810)
NPG D36483

D36484

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Graf & Soret, after Henry Perronet Briggs
lithograph, 1836
NPG D36484

D21874

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Graf & Soret, after Henry Perronet Briggs
lithograph, 1836
NPG D21874

Ax29504

Anna Brownell Jameson

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
reproduction, 1840s
NPG Ax29504

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