Anne Ritchie was born on June 9, 1837, in London, United Kingdom. She was the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray and Isabella Gethin Shawe. Anne lived in the Bloomsbury Square area of London during her early years. Her father was twenty-six years old when she was born. He had studied art in France, and was a freelance writer and illustrator. But with the 1840 birth of a sister, Harriet Marrion Thackeray, mother Isabella Thackeray grew increasingly unstable. In order to pay for his wife’s care, William Thackeray directed his talents to the writing of satirical pieces on upper-class life in England. This launched his career in earnest. The two daughters were sent to Paris to live with grandparents, but were back in London by 1846 with their father, who settled in the London section of Kensington. Isabella Thackeray would be confined to hospitals for the remainder of her life.