Rufa Hennell

A black and white photograph of a woman. Her hair is plaited around the top. There is a light veil around the back of her head. She is wearing a white collar and dark cloak or shawl fastened with a broach. The photograph as a gold border and frame.

Elizabeth Hennell’s nickname was Rufa due to her red hair. Rufa’s father, Dr Brabant employed George Eliot to translate Strauss’s Das Leben Jesu in 1843. Rufa had begun the translation work but stopped due to the demands of married life. Rufa married Charles Hennell in 1842 and George Eliot was their bridesmaid. Charles died in 1850 and Rufa married WMW Call in 1857.