Margaret Sandbach

Margaret Sandbach (1812-1852) is a lost heroine of the Victorian age - an early survivor of breast cancer and mastectomy, whose close relationship with John Gibson produced some of the most celebrated sculpture of the age.  Her several volumes of poems, together the letters and diaries of Margaret, her husband and Gibson, reveal a complex and tragic story of love, patronage and grief in the genteel surroundings of her home at Hafodunos.  Margaret was a woman of remarkable ability, whose relatively fleeting life is preserved through her extensive writing and patronage of Gibson.