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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

Actress; née O'Neill; appeared at Drogheda, Belfast, and Dublin; at Covent Garden, 1814, winning fame as Juliet; played comedy roles, but considered the pre-eminent tragic actress of her time; married W. Wrixon-Becher (knighted, 1831) in 1819 and retired to Ireland; praised by Macready and Hazlitt.


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.