Sunderland: Baroness Anne Isabella Byron

A painting of a large gathering of men and women in Victorian dress.
  The Anti-Slavery Convention, 1840. Lady Byron is depicted on the right of the painting. immediately left of the woman in the black hat. © National Portrait Gallery, London




County Durham

Born in Elemore Hall, County Durham, Lady Byron (1792-1860) was committed to social justice issues. She was very concerned about the need for prison reform and education; she herself was a talented poet and mathematician.

Lady Byron lived at a time when women’s voices weren’t always heard, but despite this she founded the first Infants School and Co-Operative School in England. She also supported the abolitionist movement and was one of only a few women to be commemorated in a painting of the World Anti-Slavery Convention 1840.

An engraved image of Lady Byron. The image is in an oval frame on the page with her name noted below.
Anne Isabella, Lady Byron, 1816
© National Portrait Gallery, London

A worthy but complex woman who led a big life that is still unsung.

From Julia Markus, Lady Byron and Her Daughters

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