Portrait of Isaac Evans, Eliot’s brother

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This is a portrait of Isaac Evans. He was George Eliot’s older brother. They were close as young children but grew apart. Isaac cut off contact with Eliot when he found out she was living with George Henry Lewes out of marriage. They did not reconnect until her marriage to John Cross after the death of Lewes. The relationship between a brother and sister is explored in her book The Mill on the Floss and her poem, Brother and Sister.

This print has recently undergone conservation to remove some of the foxing on the surface. Click here to find out more in a blog by museum curator Liz Taylor.