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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(1806-1861), Poet; wife of Robert Browning

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 7 portraits
A poet highly regarded in her own day, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s reputation now rests chiefly on Sonnets from the Portuguese, plus the long narrative poem ‘Aurora Leigh’. During her lifetime, she was also known for her anti-slavery poetry. Both sides of Browning’s family owned slaves with her grandfathers on each side being slave-owners. The knowledge that her ancestors had taken part in the trade of enslaved Africans deeply affected her and she called their complicity in the slave trade a ‘curse’. After eloping with the poet Robert Browning, she lived chiefly in Italy.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Elliott & Fry, after  Macaire - NPG x136269

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Elliott & Fry, after Macaire
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s (September 1858)
NPG x136269

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, after  Field Talfourd - NPG x136270

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, after Field Talfourd
albumen card photograph, 1890s (1859)
NPG x136270

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by William Wright, after  Field Talfourd - NPG x136271

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by William Wright, after Field Talfourd
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1889 (1859)
NPG x136271

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