1 of 2 portraits of Emily Eden
by Simon Jacques Rochard
watercolour and pencil, August 1835
14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (361 mm x 261 mm) corners diagonally cut
Bequeathed by Andrew Morton Drummond, 1999
Sitterback to top
- Emily Eden (1797-1869), Novelist and traveller; sister of the Earl of Auckland. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Simon Jacques Rochard (1788-1872), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
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This drawing was made just before Emily Eden and her sister Fanny, both unmarried, accompanied their brother Lord Auckland to India where he was Governor General, from 1836 to 1842. An observer, whom Emily called 'not one of us', described them as 'both …great talkers…both ugly, and both s[tin]k like polecats.' Emily was also accompanied by her spaniel, Chance, neither of them greatly enjoying the voyage. In 1837 Emily travelled to the north and wrote her extremely popular account Up the Country: Letters Written to her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India (1866). The names she and her brother gave to their tents on this journey, including 'Misery Hall' and 'Foully Palace', suggest their sense of humour. She also made a series of drawings of Indian princes, which were later published as lithographs. She was keen to come back to Britain again where she published her Indian letters and portraits and then began to write novels.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Birkett, Dea; Morris, Jan (foreword), Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 July to 31 October 2004), p. 58
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 193
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