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Sarah Ponsonby (left)and Lady Eleanor Butler, recluses known as the Ladies of Llangollen, seated in their library. Lithograph by R.J. Lane, ca. 1832, after Mary Parker (later Lady Leighton), 1828.

  • Leighton, Mary, Lady, active approximately 1828.
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[1832?]
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2443i
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Credit: Sarah Ponsonby (left)and Lady Eleanor Butler, recluses known as the Ladies of Llangollen, seated in their library. Lithograph by R.J. Lane, ca. 1832, after Mary Parker (later Lady Leighton), 1828. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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Description

The sitters shared a "romantic friendship": on the meanings and connotations of this term at the time see Mavor, op. cit., chapter 5, "'Impossibilities ... whenever two Ladies live too much together' Mrs Piozzi, Thraliana"

Publication/Creation

[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1832?] (J. Graf)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image 22.9 x 19.8 cm

Lettering

The Rt. Honble. Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby. "The Ladies of Llangollen." S. Ponsonby Died Decr. 8th 1831, aged 74. Eleanor Butler Died June 2nd 1829, aged 90. From a drawing by Lady Leighton, carefully taken from life. Drawn on stone by R.J. Lane A.R.A.

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Proof.

References note

Elizabeth Mavor, The ladies of Llangollen: a study in romantic friendship, Harmondsworth 1973

Lettering note

Names and sobriquet of the ladies in Gothic script, followed by facsimile signatures

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2443i

Reproduction note

After: "secret drawings [by Mary Parker] from the shadow of the library curtains, while Miss Ponsonby and her [Mary Parker's] mother engaged Lady Eleanor in conversation, that decided lady having always detested the mere idea of having her portrait taken, or so we are told" (Mavor, op. cit. pp. 186, 204)

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