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Sarah Ponsonby (left) and Lady Eleanor Butler, known as the Ladies of Llangollen, outside with a dog. Lithograph by J.H. Lynch, 183-, after Mary Parker (later Lady Leighton), 1828.

  • Leighton, Mary, Lady, active approximately 1828.
[between 1830 and 1839?]
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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"

In the background, a grotto incorporating a mediaeval font from Valle Crucis Abbey, near Llangollen: Mavor, op. cit., p. 204


[London?] : Day & Haghe, lithrs. to the Queen. Entd. at Sta. Hall, [between 1830 and 1839?]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image 22.3 x 17.4 cm


The Rt. Honble. Lady Eleanor Butler & Miss Ponsonby "The Ladies of Llangollen". S. Ponsonby Died Decr. 8th 1831, aged 74. Eleanor Butler Died June 2nd 1829, aged 90. Drawn on stone by J.H. Lynch.

References note

Elizabeth Mavor, The ladies of Llangollen: a study in romantic friendship, Harmondsworth 1973, p. 204

Lettering note

Lettering includes facsimile signature of each of the sitters


Wellcome Library no. 2444i

Reproduction note

After: clandestine drawings by Lady Leighton of the two ladies in their library (Mavor, op. cit. pp. 186, 204), with the costumes and the landscape presumably added by Lynch


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