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St Martin’s Place
London, WC2H 0HE
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March 2019

Portraying George Eliot

11 March, 2019 - 17 March, 2019
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place
London, WC2H 0HE
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This display marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot (1819–80), one of Britain’s most renowned novelists. Born Mary Anne Evans on 22 November 1819, she embarked on her career at the relatively mature age of thirty-two. Evans adopted the pseudonym ‘George Eliot’ to retain her anonymity. Since 1853, she had been romantically involved with a married man, the writer George Henry Lewes; although separated from his wife, their relationship was regarded as improper. Eliot also had concerns about…

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