TREVELYAN, Lady Pauline

1816 - 1866

Lady Paulina Trevelyan

As Paulina Jermyn, she was born at Hawkedon, near Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 25 January 1816 and baptised on 27 January 1816, eldest of the seven children of Revd Dr George Bitton Jermyn (2 November 1789-2 March 1857), curate at Hawkedon until 1817, and his first wife Catharine (18 August 1792-January 1828), daughter of Hugh Rowland of Middle Scotland Yard, London, keeper of the Queen's Privy Purse. The Jermyn's were a long-standing Suffolk family. Pauline married at Swaffham Prior, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire on 21 May 1835, Walter Calverley Trevelyan (31 March 1797-23 March 1879) of Nettlecombe, Taunton, Somerset and of Wallington, Northumberland, who succeeded his father as 6th baronet on 23 May 1846. Whilst at Wallington Hall, Pauline was tutored by John Ruskin (1819-1900) and she contributed exhibition and book reviews for the 'Edinburgh Review' and the 'Scotsman' and drew and painted. She became acquainted William Bell Scott (1811-1890) and with John Ruskin both contributed to the decoration of the central hall at Wallington between 1852 and 1858. Known as Pauline Trevelyan, she painted flower and insect studies in oil, tempera, and watercolour. She exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at the New Lecture Hall of the Mechanics' Institution, Ipswich in August 1850, watercolours 'Water Flags', 'Beech Stema', 'Study of Water Lilies', 'Chalk Cliffs, Devonshire', 'A Spring-Head, with Hart's-Tongue Fern' and 'Study of Beech Leaves and Fruit' and eight works at the Royal Scottish Academy 1850-1851 including probably the same 'Study of Water Lilies' and 'Study of Beech Leaves'. Lady Pauline Trevelyan died at Neufchatel, Switzerland, whilst on a trip with her husband and John Ruskin, on 13 May 1866 and buried there two days later. Her husband took as a second wife Laura Trevelyan, née Capel Lofft, daughter of Capel Lofft of Troston Hall, Bury St Edmund's, Laura had been a childhood friend of Paulina and came to Wallington as her companion and carer. Trevelyan had no children by either wife when the title passed to a nephew, Sir Alfred Wilson Trevelyan, 7th Bart.

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