Mary Ellen Meredith (1821–1861)

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Mary Ellen Peacock was the eldest child of the novelist and poet Thomas Love Peacock. In 1849 she married the novelist George Meredith. Their temperaments were not compatible, and in 1857, she eloped with the artist Henry Wallis.

This is the only surviving portrait of her and shows her in the intimacy of a domestic setting.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Mary Ellen Meredith (1821–1861)




pencil on laid paper


H 11.9 x W 9.1 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased (Bouch Fund) with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Friends of the Ashmolean, Michael Barclay, and others, 2003

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Inscription description

dated 1858


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