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Encyclopedia > Lady Anne Blunt

Anne Isabella (Annabella) Noel Blunt, née King-Noel, 15th Baroness Wentworth (22 September 1837-15 December 1917), known for most of her life as Lady Anne Blunt, was co-founder with her husband the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt of the Crabbet Arabian Stud. The two married on 8 June 1869. From the late 1870s, Wilfrid and Lady Anne travelled extensively in Arabia and the Middle East, buying Arabian horses from Bedouin tribesmen and the Egyptian Ali Pasha Sherif. Among the great and influential horses they took to England were Azrek, Dajania, Queen of Sheba, Rodania and the famous Ali Pasha Sherif stallion Mesaoud. To this day, the vast majority of purebred Arabian horses trace their lineage to at least one Crabbet ancestor. The French word née (feminine) or né (masculine) (or the English word nee) is still commonly used in some newspapers when mentioning the maiden name of a woman in engagement or wedding announcements. ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... | Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922) was a British poet and writer. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... The Arabian Peninsula The Arabian Peninsula is a mainly desert peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia and an important part of the greater Middle East. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... An Arabian mare The Arabian horse first appeared in the Arabian Peninsula at least 2,500 years B.C. They were carefully bred to maintain desirable features (e. ... Bedouin resting at Mount Sinai Bedouin, derived from the Arabic , a generic name for a desert-dweller, is a term generally applied to Arab nomadic groups, who are found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via the Western Desert, Sinai, and Negev...


Life and work

Lady Anne was the daughter of Ada, Lady Lovelace and the granddaughter of Lord Byron. She was fluent in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Arabic, a skilled violinist and a gifted artist who studied drawing with John Ruskin. Though the books Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates and A Pilgrimage to Nejd are attributed to her and were based on her journals, they were extensively rewritten by her husband. Her own voice comes through more clearly in Lady Anne Blunt: Journals and Correspondence 1878-1917, edited by Rosemary Archer and James Fleming and published in 1986. Archer also wrote, with Colin Pearson and Cecil Covey, the definitive book The Crabbet Arabian Stud: Its History and Influence. Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (December 10, 1815 – November 27, 1852) is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbages early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. ... This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). ... Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ...

Lady Anne's 1869 marriage to Blunt was not a happy one. Her many pregnancies produced a single surviving child, Judith Anne Dorothea Blunt-Lytton, 16th Baroness Wentworth. Lady Anne never ceased to grieve her miscarriages and the babies who died soon after birth. Though a fond father to Judith, Blunt made no secret that he would have preferred a son. He had many mistresses, often simultaneously, and when in 1906 Dorothy Carleton (later adopted as Blunt's niece) became a regular in Wilfrid's home at Newbuildings Place, Lady Anne left him. The Crabbet Stud was split in two that summer. Lady Anne kept her half of the stud in England, but she spent several months each year at Sheykh Obeyd Garden near Cairo, a 32 acre (129,000 m²) apricot orchard the Blunts had purchased in 1882. Lady Anne left England for the last time in October of 1915 and spent the remaining years of her life at Sheykh Obeyd.


Following Lady Anne's death in 1917, Wilfrid and Judith disputed the ownership of the horses. The battle finally went to court; a verdict in Judith's favor was rendered in 1920. Wilfrid died in 1922, and the reunited studs continued under Judith's management. Her decision to use the Polish stallion Skowronek remains controversial, but the stud at Crabbet Park survived and prospered for almost fifty years until in 1970 the property itself was bisected by a motorway. Judith sold Crabbet horses all over the world; famous modern studs like Al-Marah in America and Fenwick in Australia owe their existence to large-scale importations of her horses. In the 1970s the Crabbet lines fell out of favour, and many Arabian breeders turned instead to Egyptian, Polish, Russian and Spanish lines. Today most Crabbet breeders consider themselves preservationists, maintaining a small pool of high-percentage Crabbet horses in order to maintain their reputed qualities of wonderful temperament, beauty and extraordinary performance and soundness.


  • Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates
  • A Pilgrimage to Nejd
  • Lady Anne Blunt: Journals and Correspondence, 1878-1917

External links

  • The Crabbet Organisation

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