Ada King (1815–1852), Countess of Lovelace, Mathematician, Daughter of Lord Byron

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Ada, Countess of Lovelace, stands at the foot of a staircase and steps delicately forward, demurely turning her face away from the viewer. Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke, daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, in 1815. The couple's only child, Ada, was born just before they separated amid bitter quarrels the following year. Ada was raised by her mother and educated in mathematics and sciences to prevent her following in her father's footsteps as a poet. She became famous at a young age through the following lines from her father's hugely successful poem 'Childe Harold': 'Is thy face like thy mother's, my fair child! Ada! Sole daughter of my house and my heart? When last I saw thy young blue eyes they smiled' Ada became a mathematician and assisted Charles Babbage in his work on mechanical computers.

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Ada King (1815–1852), Countess of Lovelace, Mathematician, Daughter of Lord Byron




oil on canvas


H 216 x W 137 cm

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purchased from Leggatt Brothers, 1953

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