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Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset

(1809-1884), Wife of 12th Duke of Somerset

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 5 portraits

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Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset ('Authentic Costume of Lady Seymour, Queen of Beauty'), by Joseph Bouvier, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41829

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset ('Authentic Costume of Lady Seymour, Queen of Beauty')

by Joseph Bouvier, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured lithograph, published 16 September 1839
NPG D41829

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour, by William Henry Mote, after  John Hayter - NPG D41828

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour

by William Henry Mote, after John Hayter
line engraving, published 1841
NPG D41828

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour, by William Henry Mote, after  John Hayter - NPG D6809

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour

by William Henry Mote, after John Hayter
line engraving, published October 1841
NPG D6809

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour, by William Henry Mote, after  John Hayter - NPG D32499

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour

by William Henry Mote, after John Hayter
stipple engraving, published 1842
NPG D32499

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour, by William Henry Mote, after  John Hayter - NPG D32500

Jane Georgiana Seymour (née Sheridan), Duchess of Somerset when Lady Seymour

by William Henry Mote, after John Hayter
stipple engraving, published 1842
NPG D32500

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Caroline Ferguson

05 March 2017, 17:18

Jane Georgiana's grandson by her daughter Jane Hermione - Hugh Graham married an American Jessie Lowe who was from Georgia; they had 4 children including Alistair Hugh Graham who is one of the inspirations for the Evelyn Waugh character Sebastian Flyte (it has long been thought Hugh Lygon was the model).

Charles Hugo Sheridan Spell II

21 June 2016, 22:48

I can tell you that she was a cousin on her Paternal Grandfather's side (RT Richard Brinsley Sheridan) to the American and South Carolina Statesman, Dr. Hugo Grotius Sheridan, MD. Dr. Sheridan (the son of James Plunkett Sheridan, Uncle to RBS) was a Physician in the Antebellum South, predominately in the South Carolina Low Country down near Charleston. Dr. Sheridan purchased a division of the Joel Spell Sr. Plantation (http://south-carolina-plantations.com/colleton/spell.html). Later Dr. Sheridan married Joel's widow (Catherine, Joel's 3rd wife and step-mother to his children). Dr. Sheridan sent his oldest daughter (Jane Henrietta Elvira Sheridan) to England "to be educated as a proper young lady". She stayed in the House Hold of (Cousin) Thomas Sheridan (son of RT RBS). Jane Henrietta Elvira Sheridan returned to the South Carolina Low Country and married Paul Walter Spell -- grandson of Joel Spell Sr. Of Paul & Elvira's 3 or 4 children, the only child to survive childhood and survive the American Civil War was Eldred Spell (2nd). Eldred Spell had a grandson named Leon Spell, and Leon Spell had a grandson named Charles Hugo Sheridan Spell II, who is writing this. Our Cousin, Lady Jane Seymour, 12th Duchess of Somerset exchanged a few letters with her Cousin, South Carolina Plantation Owner (2nd) Eldred Spell. In one or two of those letters, Cousin Lady Seymour and her husband, His Grace Lord Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset were invited to visit on the Spell Plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. It is my understanding they both accepted, but Very Sadly - shortly before their trip across "The Big Pond", Cousin Lady Seymour became sick and died. I do not have those letters in hand at this time. My Grandfather (Leon Spell) and his older Brother (William Hux Spell) talked about reading the letters when their Grandfather (2nd) Eldred Spell) allowed them as young lads to see the letters. At this time, we are uncertain if the letters survive, but are hopeful they will turn up in Family Plantation Papers which got dispersed.

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