Henry Wallis (1830-1916), painter and ceramicist. In early 1855 Wallis met George Meredith, who he asked to pose for his portrait of the dead poet Thomas Chatterton, which is now in Tate Britain. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856 and made Wallis famous overnight. John Ruskin described it as 'faultless and wonderful'. Its fascination for the Victorian public owed much to its link with Wallis's love affair with Mary Ellen Meredith, which began during the summer of 1857, or earlier, and who left her husband and had a son with Wallis.