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Miss Ellen Power
  • Edwin (Henry) Landseer (1802 - 1873)
  • Miss Ellen Power
  • England
  • c. 1840 - 1841
  • Drawing
  • Pastel on paper
  • Image size: 64 x 48.8 cm
    Frame size: 96 x 79 x 7 cm
  • Signature: 'EL' in monogram
  • P589
  • Reserve Gallery
Further Reading
  • Ellen (‘Nelly’) Power (b. c.1817) was the niece of Lady Blessington (see Lawrence, 'Margaret, Countess of Blessington', P558). With her elder sister Marguerite she lived with Lady Blessington 1831-49 and with Alfred, comte d’Orsay 1849-52. 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 Blessington’s 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 d’Orsay, telling him that he had got into a ‘scrape’ with Queen Victoria for staying away from Buckingham Palace to draw Miss Power - perhaps a reference to this pastel.