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Charlotte Smith (née Turner)

(1749-1806), Poet and novelist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Charlotte Smith was a poet and novelist who lived in rural Sussex. Her most famous work was the Elegiac Sonnets that, within the first twenty years of being published, went through nine editions and filled two volumes. Charlotte married Richard Smith, the son of a West India merchant and director of the East India Company. Richard was an owner of plantations and enslaved Africans in Barbados. While Charlotte played a small role in the business and her family income relied on the slave trade, she wrote against slavery in works such as The Old Manor House and Beachy Head.

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Charlotte Smith (née Turner), by Pierre Condé, after  George Romney - NPG D5752

Charlotte Smith (née Turner)

by Pierre Condé, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1797
NPG D5752

Charlotte Smith (née Turner), by Ridley & Holl, published by  James Asperne, after  George Romney - NPG D4460

Charlotte Smith (née Turner)

by Ridley & Holl, published by James Asperne, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1806
NPG D4460

Charlotte Smith (née Turner), by Samuel Freeman, after  George Romney - NPG D17828

Charlotte Smith (née Turner)

by Samuel Freeman, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published 1808
NPG D17828

Charlotte Smith (née Turner), by Samuel Freeman, published by  William Smith, after  George Romney - NPG D15133

Charlotte Smith (née Turner)

by Samuel Freeman, published by William Smith, after George Romney
stipple engraving, published circa 1827
NPG D15133

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