The R.t Honb.le Lady Eleanor Butler & Miss Ponsonby''The Ladies of Llangollen''. [Facsimile signatures below.]
Entd. at Sta. Hall [n.d., c.1835].
Sepia-tinted lithograph, sheet 380 x 275mm. 15 x 10¾". Some marginal handling creases.
Touching portraits of Sarah Ponsonby (1755? - 1831), daughter of Chambre Brabazon Ponsonby, cousin of the Earl of Bessborough, and Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1745? - 1829). They resolved to live together in complete isolation from society in a cottage at Plasnewydd in the vale of Llangollen, Denbighshire, north Wales. Their names were not known in the neighbourhood, and they were called 'the ladies of the vale'. They lived in complete seclusion for some fifty years, and neither left the cottage for a single night until their deaths. Their devotion to each other and their eccentric manners gave them wide notoriety. All tourists in Wales sought introduction to them and many made the journey to Llangollen for that purpose. With their servant, Mary Caryll, who died before either of them, they lie buried in Plasnewydd churchyard under a triangular pyramid inscribed with their names. An Italian greyhound runs on the path in front of the two ladies.
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