Sarah Austin

Standard Name: Austin, Sarah
Birth Name: Sarah Taylor
Nickname: Sally
Married Name: Sarah Austin
Used Form: Mrs Austin
Sarah Austin was primarily known as a translator of weighty books, but was also an editor and an author of works on female education and German intellectual history. From the 1820s to the 1850s she translated at least sixteen works and edited and wrote several others.
Head-and-shoulders painting of Sarah Austin by Lady Arthur Russell, c. 1867. She is leaning sideways in a red chair, wearing a white cap with lappets hanging down on each side, and a simple black dress with white collar. National Portrait Gallery.
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Anthologization Lucie Duff Gordon
Lucie Duff Gordon 's Letters from the Cape were included in Francis Galton 's anthology Vacation Tourists and Notes of Travel in 1862-3; her mother, Sarah Austin , again provided a brief introduction.
Duff Gordon, Lucie, and Sarah Austin. Letters from the Cape. Macmillan, 1864, pp. 119 -22.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1917 (1864): 104
Birth Lucie Duff Gordon
Lucie Austin (later LDG ), only child of Sarah and John Austin , was born at the then 1 Queen Square in London.
This part of the square was later replaced by what is now Queen Anne's Gate.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Frank, Katherine. Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt. Hamish Hamilton, 1994.
Cultural formation Lucie Duff Gordon
Presumably white, LDG grew up in a radical liberal, professional family of English descent. Both her parents were highly intellectual and prominent in political circles, and both were published authors. Her mother brought her up...
Education Amelia Opie
AO is said to have had little formal education. She was, however, trained in charitable activity on the one hand, and on the other she learned French and was encouraged in her literary interests and...
Education Lucie Duff Gordon
Her mother voiced some anxiety about Lucie's development. The child had grown very tall, and, Sarah Austin said, though she has admirable qualities, I am not satisfied with her. She is too wild, undisciplined, and...
Family and Intimate relationships Lucie Duff Gordon
LDG 's mother, born Sarah Taylor , was a writer and translator from a family of prominent dissenters living in Norwich. At times the sole provider for her husband and daughter, she also gave...
Family and Intimate relationships Lucie Duff Gordon
Her husband, Alick, whom she met at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, London, was an impoverished baronet who was a clerk in the Treasury. LDG 's mother wrote of him: Alexander has nothing but...
Family and Intimate relationships Lucie Duff Gordon
LDG endeavoured to be prepared for the arrival of her child; she purportedly continued reading Rousseau 's Émile (a treatise on education which devotes almost all of its attention to boys) until well into her...
Friends, Associates Lucy Aikin
The Rev. Dr Samuel Cooper (husband of the novelist Maria Susanna Cooper ) also knew LA when she was a girl. He thought her very intelligent and preferred to talk to her at a party...
Friends, Associates Jane Marcet
JM probably knew her husband's friends Edward Jenner and William Hyde Wollaston ; she certainly knew and corresponded with John Yelloy . She was a friend on her own account of Margaret Bryan ,
Marcet, Jane. “Introduction”. Chemistry in the Schoolroom: 1806, edited by Hazel Rossotti, AuthorHouse, 2006, p. i - xxi.
iii, v n6
Friends, Associates Anna Letitia Barbauld
Pupils who acknowledged her influence included Thomas Denman , who later drafted the 1832 Reform Act. Friends from this period of her life included Susannah Taylor (mother of the translator and editor Sarah Austin ).
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
x, 231
Friends, Associates Harriet Martineau
HM 's social circle vastly expanded at this time until she knew virtually all the prominent people, particularly the political men, of her day. As she recorded in her Autobiography, however, she refused to...
Friends, Associates Maria Callcott
During the early years of her first marriage, between her time in India and in Italy, Maria Graham (later MC ) met Jane Marcet and the publisher John Murray .
Gotch, Rosamund Brunel. Maria, Lady Callcott, The Creator of ’Little Arthur’. J. Murray, 1937.
153-4, 166
Then or later...
Friends, Associates Maria Callcott
Her friends at this period of her life included the diarist and letter-writer Caroline Fox (with whom her relationship was very close),
This is the Hon. Caroline Fox (1767-1845), not to be confused with the...
Friends, Associates Thomas Carlyle
While in London, TC socialized with John Stuart Mill , Mary and Charles Lamb , Henry Taylor , Sarah Austin and Leigh Hunt .


22 March 1832
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe died at Weimar in Germany in his early eighties.
Chisholm, Hugh, editor. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Cambridge University Press, 1911.
Late August 1833
An English ship, the Amphitrite, carrying women convicts for transportation in New South Wales, ran aground off the coast of northern France, near Boulogne. There were only four survivors among the 131 people on board.
By Christmas 1869
Francis Galton , mathematician, scientist, and eugenicist, published Hereditary Genius: An Enquiry into its Laws and Consequences,