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Only Connect - Madame Vestris <> Charles Mathews

How are these sitters connected?

Madame Vestris
by Samuel Lover
circa 1826
NPG 2786

Charles Mathews
by Edwin Landseer
circa 1830
NPG 3097(2)

The connection
Eliza Vestris and her husband the actor Charles James Mathews (son of Charles Mathews senior) gave regular theatrical performances for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle.

Find out more about Vestris connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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