Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901)

George Richmond, RA (1809-1896)


Watercolour and chalk

20 1/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (511 mm x 327 mm)

National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 2193

Fellow novelist Elizabeth Missing Sewell wrote in her autobiography: "In 1840 Miss Yonge was a bright attractive girl . . . , and very like her own Ethel in the Daisy Chain (Sewell 62). George Richmond has caught her just a few years later, still in the very bloom of youth, but looking as though she had already learned the lessons that her best-known heroine had to learn so painfully — about overcoming her "[p]ride and temper" (Yonge 374).

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