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Emmanuel Maguire Underdown, 1831-1913

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1831
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1913.04.11
Place of Death: Strand, London


Emmanuel Maguire Underdown was the eldest son of Emmanuel Underdown of Sidmouth in Devon. He married, first, Selina Pollard, and secondly, Marie Ehrenfest.


He was called to the bar on 6 June 1861. He became a barrister and Q. C. M. He was an expert on copyright and author of A Treatise on the Law of Art Copyright.

In 1885 he was living at 35 Onslow Gardens, and working at 3 Kings Bench Walk, Temple, London, EC.

According to his obituary, Underdown was a 'barrister, artist, musician and friend of Whistler'. He took the chair at the Criterion dinner in honour of Whistler on 1 May 1889. He was also the lawyer for the Society of Authors, of which Whistler's biographer, Joseph Pennell was a member.


Foster, Joseph, Men at the Bar: a biographical hand-list of the members of the various inns of court, including Her Majesty's judges, London, 1885; Obituary, The Lady, 23 April 1913; Who was who: a companion to Who's who, Vol. 1, 1897/1915, London, 1920-21.