Prinsep, May

BORN 16 Sep 1853, Khidirpur, Calcutta - DIED 19 Jul 1931, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
BIRTH NAME Prinsep, Mary Emily
GRAVE LOCATION Compton, Surrey: Compton Cemetery (ashes interred at Watts Memorial Chapel cemetery)

May Prinsep was the daughter of Charles Robert Prinsep, the advocate-general of Calcutta. Her mother Louisa White was the daugter of an officer. She was the niece of the painter Valentine Prinsep.

She frequently stayed with the Cameron family at the Isle of Wight and Julia Margaret Cameron photographed her repeatedly. In 1867 and 1869 she was painted by G.F. Watts. In 1868 Valentine Prinsep painted her. In 1874 she married the stockbroker Andrew Kinsman Hichens. She was painted by Frederic Leighton in 1885.

Her husband died on 27 August 1906. She married Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson's son, at Southampton on 27 August 1918. She died in 1920 in Freshwater. Her ashes were placed in the Watts Memorial Chapel in Compton next to those of her first husband.

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The grave of George Frederick Watts at Compton Cemetery, Compton.
Picture by Androom (27 Mar 2016)


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Prinsep, Valentine

Published: 03 May 2020
Last update: 20 Apr 2022