R. D. Blackmore

c. 1850

Cut-out silhouette

Blackmore met Lucy Maguire on a reading party from Oxford on the Isle of Jersey in about 1847. He finished at Oxford in December 1847, so presumably the meeting took place before then. Not much is known of the courtship: Blackmore was extremely reticent about such matters, and by this time he was living in London and away from his family. The courtship culminated in the marriage on 8 November 1853 in Holy Trinity Church, Grays Inn Road, Holborn, London. Blackmore was devoted to Lucy, about whom little is known. She was small of stature and wore her hair done in corkscrew curls. She was fragile and probably very shy

One half a pair of matching silhouettes of R. D. Blackmore and his wife Lucy