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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Elizabeth ('Eliza') (n?e O'Neil), Lady Wrixon-Becher (1791-1872), Actress; daughter of John O'Neill

A painting by T. C. Thompson is in the National Gallery of Ireland, and so is a miniature by Sir W. J. Newton, exhibited RA, 1826 (618), possibly the miniature sold Christie's, 23 June 1890 (lot 143); a painting by G. F. Joseph, showing her as the tragic muse, is in the Garrick Club, London, exhibited RA, 1815 (39); a painting by Bell of Dublin, and a group painting of 'King John' by Sharp, were sold at Christie's, 22 July 1871 (lots 129 and 187, respectively); a painting by G. Dawe, as Juliet, was exhibited RA, 1816 (199), engraved by G. Maile, published Dawe, 1815, and by H. Dawe, published Dean (examples in British Museum); there is an engraving by F. C. Lewis, after a vignette drawing of the Dawe type (example in NPG); a painting by J. S. W. Hodges was in the Burdett-Coutts Sale, Christie's, 5 May 1922 (lot 210), exhibited Irish Exhibition, London, 1888 (1105), where it was sketched and recorded by G. Scharf Sir George Scharf's Trustees' Sketch Books (NPG archives), XXXIV, 42 and 48; a painting by J. Kennerley was exhibited RA, 1817 (526); a drawing called Lady Wrixon-Becher by Sir T. Lawrence is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and another, attributed to Lawrence or G. H. Harlow, is in the Royal Collection, Windsor; a drawing by J. Downman of 1812 was in the collection of R. Blumenthal, 1928 miniatures by T. Farrer and Miss Drummond were exhibited RA, 1816 (469 and 578, respectively); a miniature called Lady Wrixon-Becher by A. Plimer was sold at Sotheby's, 11 November 1947 (lot 71), reproduced sale catalogue; an impression from an intaglio gem by D. Crisp was exhibited RA, 1816 (887); an engraving by H. Meyer, after A. W. Devis, as Belvidira in Otway's 'Venice Preserved', was published J. Bell, 1816 (example in NPG), and a drawing for or after the engraving is in the NPG; an engraving by Blood, after S. Drummond, was published 1814 (example in NPG), for the European Magazine; an engraving by T. Woolnoth, after T. Wageman, was published Simpkin and Marshall, 1818 (example in NPG); there is an engraving by J. S. Agar, after R. Cosway (example in British Museum); other popular prints are listed in L. A. Hall, Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in the Theatre Collection of the Harvard College Library, IV (Cambridge, Mass, 1934), 300-3 (some examples in NPG and British Museum).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.