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Esther Inglis (Langlois)

Also Known As: "Yester Langlois", "Esther Inglis"
Birthplace: Threadneedle, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1624 (47-57)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nicholas Langlois and Marie Langlois
Wife of Batholemew Kello
Sister of Jacques Langlois

Occupation: Celebrated Calligraphist
Managed by: Private User
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About Esther Inglis


Esther Kello (Langlois) was born in 1751 in Threadneedle, Greater London, England, United Kingdom. Her parents were Nicholas Langlois and Marie Langlois (Prisott). She was a Celebrated Calligraphist. Her family moved to Scotland when she was about 3 years old.

Esther married Batholemew Kello.

Presented to the Queen

Esther Inglis (1571–1624) was a skilled member of the artisan class, as well as a miniaturist, who possessed several skills in areas such as calligraphy, writing, and embroidering. She was born in 1571 in either London or in Dieppe and was later relocated to Scotland, where she was later raised and married. Sharing similarities with Jane Segar, Inglis always signed her work and frequently included self-portraits of herself in the act of writing. However, unlike Jane Segar, Inglis successfully established a career based on manuscript books created for royal patrons. Over the course of her life, Inglis composed around sixty miniature books that display her calligraphic skill with paintings, portraits, and embroidered covers. She mostly dedicated her books to the monarchs, Elizabeth I and James VI and I, and people in power during their reign. She died around 1624, at the age of 53.

Inglis had four surviving children, hinting at the idea that she and Kello attempted to have children multiple times without success. The only child whose name is known is their son Samuel, who succeeded his father as Rector of Spexhall in Suffolk during his lifetime, and possibly against his will. Two additional sons, Isaac and Joseph, are buried in Willingale Church, Essex, where their father Bartholomew was rector. Two brass plaques in the chancel, dated 1614, commemorate them with a simple epitaph

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Esther Inglis's Timeline

Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 53