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Anne Benson Procter, 1799-1888

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1799
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Date of Death: 1888
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Anne Benson Procter, née Skepper, was a writer. She married the poet Bryan Waller Procter ('Barry Cornwall'). Their eldest daughter Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864) was a poetess and philanthropist.

Life:

In 1881 Anne Procter privately published an edition of the Letters of Carlyle. She was a friend and correspondent of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and also of Bessie Rayner Parkes and Anthony Trollope. Her husband was an old acquaintance of Charles Dickens. Dickens later published Adelaide Procter's poems under the pseudonym 'Mary Berwick' in Household Words, and in 1866 wrote an introduction to the tenth edition of her Legends and Lyrics (1858-60).

Anne Procter was among those invited by the Lindsays to the private viewings at the Grosvenor Gallery. In 1877 she wrote that she had made friends with JW: 'He is a very remarkable looking person - dark - eyes & hair - and one white lock, on his forehead - all the family have this - He thinks very highly of his own works... I always imagine that a truly great genius is never content that his idea is beyond any execution' (#12485). She declared of Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Gold Girl - Connie Gilchrist (YMSM 190) being exhibited in the Grosvenor Gallery in 1879 that it 'would disgrace any Man' in its ugliness (#12484).

Bibliography:

http://www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk (accessed 2005); British Library catalogue at http://catalogue.bl.uk (accessed 2005).