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
- Blue plaque, 50 Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London W1G 8SQ
- Blue plaque, 99 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London W1U 6JQ
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Legacies of British Slave-ownership database
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Ledbury Heritage Centre, Herefordshire
Read our latest news and have your say.
Identify our Silhouettes
Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.
Tell us more about our Silvy sitters
Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.