The Female Portrait Gallery

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Taken from
Life and Literary Remains


This was the beginning of an ongoing project that was to analyse female characters in
fiction, not only from Sir Walter Scott but from other major authors as well. A small
number had already been published in The New Monthly Magazine and, prior to her
death, Mrs MacLean sent this collection to Mr. Blanchard with a view to their being
published by Charles Heath, as ‘Essays on the Female Characters in Walter Scott’, on
a fortnightly basis from January, 1839 (this from the accompanying letter).