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Only Connect - Madame Vestris <> Leigh Hunt

How are these sitters connected?

Madame Vestris
by Samuel Lover
circa 1826
NPG 2786

Leigh Hunt
by Samuel Laurence
circa 1837
NPG 2508

The connection
Actress and singer Eliza Vestris advanced James Henry Leigh Hunt £100 for his play, A Legend of Florence. She believed that the fee entitled her to change the structure and plot.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

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