Isabella Pollexfen was the younger sister of Susan Yeats and herself an artist. In 1876 she met at the Academie Julian in Paris the landscape painter John Varley (1850-1933). They married and had two daughters, Cecilia and Ida. Along with her husband, they became very interested in the occult. They were drawn to Theosophy and were of the Inner Circle who gathered round Madame Blavatsky in London in 1883-4. It was Isabella who sent WBY A. P. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism, which was to have a great influence upon him.