Jean Ingelow, British poet and novelist

I had never heard of Jean Ingelow before I saw this carte-de-visite, but her pose and expression charmed me.  It was made by the studio of Elliott & Fry in London, where she lived.  The daughter of an English banker father and a Scottish mother, she was the oldest of ten children.

Jean Ingelow (1820-1897) published several volumes of poetry, novels and children’s books.  She enjoyed considerable success in her lifetime in both Great Britain and the United States.  She was well-liked by the literary community, becoming close friends with Alfred Lord Tennyson and John Ruskin.  The writer Gerald Massey proposed to her, but she declined.

A short biography of Ingelow can be found at the website of the Poetry Foundation (  Her Wikipedia page has additional information.  A much longer introduction to her life and work, including several studio portraits, can be found at

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    1. Thank you! I’m sure few people have heard of her. So many successful authors fade from public consciousness after a few decades. A few become more popular posthumously. I think I’d rather be one of the former than one of the latter!

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