字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Dido Elizabeth Belle was the daughter of a Royal Naval officer and an African woman, Maria Bell. Her father, Sir John Lindsay, was the nephew of William Murray, First Earl of Mansfield, and he brought her here to Kenwood to be raised by her Great Uncle. They enjoyed a really good relationship and he was very fond of her. It was relatively unusual for a mixed race woman to enjoy this high social status in the 18th century particularly as during this period, Britain was involved in the slave trade. We've invited some English Heritage members here to Kenwood to find out what life was like for Dido Belle. - Please. Hello Miss Belle, I'm Ella. My name is Leyla. - I'm Olivia. Oh I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance. You see, I do not often have guests here. We'd love to find out more about you and your life as a lady at Kenwood House. Where were you born? I was born in the Caribbean. - Dido was raised as a lady rather than a servant. She was taught to read and write, and play music. All skills that were expected of an accomplished young lady of the 18th century. She also worked as a sort of secretary to her uncle Lord Mansfield. She would help him with letter writing. She also supervised the poultry yard and dairy. This was a fashionable pastime for young ladies during the 18th century. The Mansfields employed a dairy maid to do the day-to-day chores but Dido was probably involved in tasks like churning the butter or making cream. The dairy was a sort of family pastime. She was very much part of the family. However, she was sometimes treated differently. When Lord Mansfield had guests, Dido wouldn't dine with the family. Instead, she would join the ladies after dinner, for coffee or to walk in the grounds. Dido was raised with her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray. They were very close in age and they enjoyed a really close relationship. How did you feel when you were painted next to your cousin as an equal? It was a real honour. My cousin is like a sister to me. - This painting is really unique in 18th century British art, in that it shows Dido as a near equal to her white companion, Lady Elizabeth. They're both dressed in fashionable silk dresses and are wearing beautiful pearl jewellery. However, there are still references to Dido's origins. She's wearing a silk turban with an ostrich feather plume and carrying exotic fruits, which are in sharp contrast to the more traditional English roses worn by her cousin. Lord Mansfield died in 1793. In his will, he left her a generous financial gift He also made sure to state that she was a free woman and not a slave. Dido married and left Kenwood. She lived in London with her husband and three sons until 1804, when she died at the age of only 43. Dido Belle was a really remarkable woman for her time. One of the lovely things about working here at Kenwood is knowing that we are walking in her footsteps, and one of my favourite things is sharing her story with visitors. Thank you Miss Belle. - You're most welcome.