New Discoveries: Anne Weld (Nee Sellwood) 1814-1894

I am always on the search for photographs of anything or anyone Freshwater Circle related. Today, I stumbled upon the online archives at Henry Ransom Center The University of Texas at Austin. They house five Lewis Carroll photograph albums. I recommend everyone take a look inside these treasure chests...

The handwriting reads:  Anna Weld and Agnes Grace Weld (Anne Weld was the mother of Agnes Weld. Her maiden name was Sellwood and she was the sister of Emily Tennyson (nee Sellwood) Lady Tennyson, wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson. 

This is a photograph not taken by Lewis Carrol but by W. Jeffrey which was one of Alfred Tennyson's favorite photographers according to his son Hallam and wife Emily Tennyson!  The address where this photograph was taken is:  114 Great Russell Street, Flormsbury or is that Bloomsbury(? Sorry if I got that wrong), London. Dated circa 1857.

If you want more information on Ages Weld's life, please read my article, Agnes Weld


Hels said…
Young Agnes was very well connected, wasn't she? To the Tennysons of course, and to Lewis Carrol but to Cameron as well! Bloomsbury was a hopping and jumping place... I wonder who else she was introduced to.
Kimberly Eve said…
Yes she was! I'm sure that her parent's friends being most of the artists of The Freshwater Circle thought of her and treated her like family. Well, she would have known and seen G.F. Watts I'm sure and probably some of the Pre-Raphaelite painters who visited and stayed with Tennyson at Farringford over the years!
Laura Morrigan said…
I love seeing old photographs! Oh, what it would have been like to grow up around Tennyson and Pre-Raphaelites! Where's a time machine when you need one?

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