Garrow, Theodosia

BORN 28 Nov 1816, Devon - DIED 14 Apr 1865, Firenze, Toscana
CAUSE OF DEATH tuberculosis
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Piazzale Donatello, 38 (Sec. XIX, post 1865/4)

Daughter of a violinist. She grew up in Torquay, Devon. Her father was Joseph Garrow and her mother was the singer Theodia Abrams Fischer. In 1839 her first poetry was published and she wrote articles for Charles Dickens' "Household Words" and other magazines.

She arrived in Italy with her parents in 1844. There she started translating Niccolini's play "Arnalda di Brescia" into English. In 1847 she met Thomas Trollope during a visit to his mother Fanny Trollope. She married Thomas in 1848. Their daughter Beatrice, known as Bice, was born in 1853.

With the money she inherited from her mother they settled in a house that was known as Villino Trollope. It was near the Piazza Maria Antonia and from its windows they witnessed the revolution of 1859/1860. She covered the events for the British Athenaeum and in her articles her liberal views shone through.

They received many visitors at their house and Bice often sang for them. She died in 1865. On the Villino Trollope there's a plaque for her.

Related persons
• was a friend of Blagden, Isabella
• was a friend of Browning, Elizabeth Barrett


The grave of Theodosia Trollope at the Cimitero Degli Inglesi, Firenze.
Picture by Androom (03 Feb 2011)



Gärtner, Friedrich von

Published: 17 Apr 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022