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Charlotte Canning (née Stuart), Countess Canning (1817-1861), Wife of 1st Earl Canning

Sitter in 3 portraits
Born in Paris, the daughter of the British ambassador and was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria for thirteen years. When her husband Lord Canning was appointed Governor-General of India she went with him to Calcutta where she was 'isolated to a degree I could never have imagined'. She kept a journal and wrote frequently to Queen Victoria, at one point describing 'strange and terrible outbreaks' of violence which were the start of the 'Indian Mutiny'. She died of malaria and was buried in Barrackpore, West Bengal. Lady Canning's name lives on in Bengal where a type of sweet called 'ledikeni' is named after her.

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Queen Victoria's First Visit to her Wounded Soldiers

by Jerry Barrett
oil on canvas, 1856
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6203


Charlotte Canning (née Stuart), Countess Canning

by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG x45082


Charlotte Canning (née Stuart), Countess Canning

by William Henry Egleton, after John Hayter
stipple engraving, published 1839
NPG D32589