Elizabeth Barrett Browning(1806-1861), Poet; wife of Robert Browning
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.
by Fratelli D'Alessandri
albumen carte-de-visite, 19 June 1860