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Ellen (née Moxon), Lady Orchardson; Sir William Quiller Orchardson

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Ellen (née Moxon), Lady Orchardson; Sir William Quiller Orchardson

by E. Smerdon
bromide print, 1910
6 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in. (164 mm x 214 mm) image size
Purchased, 1962
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax26049

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Current affairs

George V succeeds Edward VII to the throne.
The Liberals win narrow victories after calling two General Elections following escalating tension between the Liberal administration and the Lords reached crisis point with the Lords' unprecedented rejection of Lloyd George's 1909 budget. The budget included tax reform intended to fund social reform and a rearmament programme, but was seen by the Conservative Lords as an assault on property.

Art and science

The critic and Bloomsbury group member Roger Fry curates a ground-breaking and, at the time, shocking exhibition in London's Grafton Galleries, Manet and the Post-Impressionists. The exhibition introduces the work of contemporary European artists to the London art establishment, including Manet, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh, and Fry became a champion of modern art, coining the term 'Post-Impressionism'.


Japan annexes Korea as a colony, an indication of Japan's ambitious imperialist aims and attempts to control trade and influence in East Asia. Japanese occupation of Korea lasted until 1945, after Japan surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War and Korea was divided in two by the United States and the Soviet Union.

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Joanne Woods

25 June 2018, 15:14

Ellen Moxon is a step-cousin of my husband's great-grandfather, William Plummer. Ellen's mother, Fanny Jane Hopkins, married Charles Moxon in 1859. William's mother, Anne Hopkins, married Henry Plummer in 1847. In the 1851 Census, she was the married servant, born in Market Lavington Wiltshire, of Charles Moxon, a widower and 'house decorator employing 42 men', of 124 High St, Marylebone.
Henry was working, presumably for Charles, as a 'journeyman painter' at another address.

By the 1861 Census, Charles Moxon, 'House Decorator' is no longer a widower, but has second wife Fanny Jane (nee Hopkins), born Market Lavington Wiltshire, son Charles, 6, and daughter Ellen, 7.

William Quiller Orchardson painted the portraits of his in-laws, Charles Moxon and Mrs Charles Moxon, and I was delighted to find the portraits on your website some years back, as the picture of Fanny Jane (Hopkins) is the only one I have found of this family. Now, however, they seem to be missing and I am anxious to know why they are no longer displayed and where I might find a copy that I could obtain permission to use in a family history publication.

I would greatly appreciate your assistance with this query.
With many thanks,
Joanne Woods (Australia)

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