Ternan, Maria Susanna

PAINTER, JOURNALIST, ACTOR (ENGLAND)
BORN 10 Aug 1837 - DIED 12 Mar 1904, Southsea
GRAVE LOCATION Portsmouth, Hampshire: Highland Road Cemetery, Southsea

Second daughter of the actors Thomas Ternan and Frances Jarman. She acted together with her sisters until she married William Rowland Taylor, the son of a rich brewer from Oxford, on 9 Jun 1863.

Shortly after her mother died in 1873 she left her husband. When she was forty years old she was taught painting at the Slade School of Art. She move to Rome and travelled in North Africa. She worked as a journalist for the London Standard for twelve years. In 1898 she returned to England, where she lived in Southsea together with her sisters.

Events
1857/8/21: Wilkie Collins' play "The Frozen Deep" is performed three times in Manchester at the Free Trade Hall
Dickens played the main part in the play that was written by his friend and the public was completely under his spell. The second night was attended by 3,000 people. He had hired the actress Frances Ternan together with her daughters Maria and Ellen. Ellen was so impressed by the scene in which Dickens died that her tears fell on his beard and his clothes. The performances were given August 21, 22 and 24.

Sources
• Tomalin, Claire, The Invisible Woman, The Story of Nelly Ternan And Charles Dickens, Penguin Books, London, 1991
AIM25 text-only browsing: Senate House Library, University of London: Ternan family

Images

The grave of Frances Trollope and Susanna Taylor at Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth.
Picture by Androom (20 Jun 2010)

 


Ternan, Nelly

Published: 17 Apr 2011
Last update: 17 Apr 2011