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Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

1 of 21 portraits on display in the Watts Hall of Fame at Bodelwyddan Castle

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy), by John Gibson, 1862 - NPG 689 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Brownell Jameson (née Murphy)

by John Gibson
marble bust, 1862
23 5/8 in. (600 mm) high
Transferred from National Museum of Science and Industry, 1883
Primary Collection
NPG 689


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  • John Gibson (1790-1866), Sculptor. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Anna Murphy was born in Dublin, the eldest of five daughters of a miniaturist. In 1788 the family moved to Cumberland, and then to London, and at the age of sixteen Murphy became the governess to the Marquis of Winchester. In 1825 she married Robert Jameson, but was unhappy in her marriage and the couple were separated after 1836. In 1826 she published the fictional The Diary of an Ennuyée which launched her on a career as a writer. Among her other works were Characteristics of Women (1832), essays on the women in Shakepeare's plays, and Sacred and Legendary Art (1848-60), one of the most significant art historical texts of the period.

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