The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

Miss Carlisle (Marie Othilie Amélie Mariot De Beauvoisin)

(1848-1884), Actress

Sitter in 2 portraits

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

Web image not currently available

Miss Carlisle (Marie Othilie Amélie Mariot De Beauvoisin)

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x5639

Place

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

John Culme

01 June 2020, 12:19

Miss Carlisle, whose real name was Marie Othilie Amélie Mariot De Beauvoisin, was the elder daughter of Auguste Mariot de Beauviosin (1821?-1879), a well-known professor of languages and author of The French Language acquired in Four Months (London, 1842), A Summery of the French Verbs (London, 1862) and other books, and his wife, Amelia (née Lewis, 1821?-1900). She was born in London on 17 January 1848 and baptised the following 21 May at St. Nicholas Acons, City of London. A pupil of Julius Benedict (1804-1885), she made her debut as a pianist as Mlle. Mariot de Beauviosin at a concert at Willis's Rooms, St. James's on 7 May 1864. After flourishing in that role she emerged as Miss Carlisle to make her debut as an actress at the Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, playing Lady Emmeline in Escaped from Portland, a drama adapted from the French, Le Mangeur de Fer, which opened on 9 October 1869.

Thereafter, Miss Carlisle's career saw her in a number of Shakespearian roles and various dramas, including a revival of Tom Taylor's The Ticket-of-Leave Man. She disappeared from view in June 1884 and is thought to have died later that year.

The mystery over Miss Carlisle's ultimate fate and the date of her death arises from several facts. Although the last mention of her in the Press is in June 1884 there is no reference to her retirement, marriage or death after that date. There were several other actresses at that time with the surname of Carlisle but they are usually distinguished by a first name. A death registered in early 1885 in the Civil Registration for England and Wales in the name of Marie Autilie Amelie Wilson must surely be Marie Othilie Amélie Mariot De Beauvoisin (Miss Carlisle); there appears to be no other reference to an individual with those or similar forenames and the surname Wilson, apart from the record of the Camden burial of Marie Autilie Amelie Wilson on 20 January 1885. A photograph of a headstone in Highgate Cemetery, Borough of Camden on findagrave.com finds among those interred in that grave 'MARIE de BEAUVOISIN died 1884,' together with Ernest Wharton Pringle, William Henry Pringle, Alice Freese and James Parker Henry, none of whom appear to be related to the de Berauvoisin family.

The Woodburytype of Miss Carlisle in the NPG's collection is from an original photograph by Lock & Whitfield, published about 1875 in an edition of The Saturday Programme and Sketch-Book.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.

Discover

Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

Watch now

Subjects and themes

Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!

Discover the Collection


Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

Take the tour

A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

Explore the timeline