Ellen Power, reclining and reading a letter, surrounded by three pet dogs. Etching by T. Landseer, ca. 1841, after E.H. Landseer.

  • Landseer, Edwin, Sir, 1802-1873.
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About this work


Ellen ('Nelly') Power (born ca.1817) was the niece of Margaret, Countess of Blessington. With her elder sister Marguerite she lived with Lady Blessington 1831-1849 and with Alfred, comte dOrsay 1849-1852. The date and circumstances of her death have not been finally established. The 4th Marquess of Hertford is known to have visited Gore House, Lady Blessingtons London home 1836-49, where he would probably have met Nelly Power and possibly Landseer. Landseer was a frequent visitor and is said to have proposed to Nelly. On 13 March 1840 he wrote to dOrsay, telling him that he had got into a scrape with Queen Victoria for staying away from Buckingham Palace to draw Miss Power (adapted from the Wallace Collection online catalogue).



Physical description

1 print : etching, with stipple, en chine ; platemark 37.5 x 40.3 cm


[State after etching, stipple, and some mezzotint, but before engraving, most of the mezzotint, and the lettering].


Wellcome Collection 3010772i

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