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Frances Trollope

(1780-1863), Novelist; mother of Anthony Trollope

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Author and mother of the famous novelist Anthony Trollope, travelled to rescue the family fortunes. Her husband succumbed to various speculative schemes, each more disastrous than the last. From 1827-30 she was in America where she tried to open an arcade in Cincinatti, which failed. She visited a friend's project to assist black slaves near Memphis, Tennessee. This, too, collapsed but left Fanny with a deep hatred of slavery. However, she then decided to record her experiences as Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832): 'What I have written will make it evident that I do not like America.' The success her writing allowed the now-widowed Fanny and her many children to live at last in comfort.

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Frances Trollope, after Unknown artist - NPG D5117

Frances Trollope

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D5117

Frances Trollope, by William Holl Jr, after  Lucy Adams, after  Auguste Hervieu - NPG D8371

Frances Trollope

by William Holl Jr, after Lucy Adams, after Auguste Hervieu
stipple engraving, published 1845 (circa 1832)
NPG D8371

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