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Portrait of Wallace's mother

Portrait of Wallace's mother

Catalogue number: WP6/8/6

Portrait of Wallace's mother Mary Anne Greenell, undated, circa 1807.

This sepia photograph shows an oval miniature portrait in a square frame. It is Wallace's mother, Mary Anne Greenell, aged 18 years. The date is uncertain but the original portrait was possibly painted when she married Wallace's father, Thomas Vere Wallace in 1807. Mary Anne died in 1868, aged almost 80. 

This photograph was reproduced in Wallace's autobiography My Life (facing page 16, 1905). Wallace was close to his immediate family and wrote many letters to his mother while on his travels around the Malay Archipelago.

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