[Sir John Conroy.]
London, Published Jan.y, 1, 1840, by F.G. Moirn, Printsellers to Her Majesty, 20, Threadneedle St.
Mezzotint, 540 x 380mm. 21Ľ x 15". Slight foxing around plate.
Sir John Conroy (1786-1854). In 1820, Conroy became comptroller of the Duchess of Kent's household, and survived the 'Cumberland plot' of 1829 which claimed that the Duchess was his mistress, but was dismissed by Victoria on her accession to the throne in 1837. Elizabeth Longford summarises: '‘JC’ was not the arch-villain Victoria painted, but the victim of his own inordinate ambition.'
Elizabeth Longford, ‘Conroy, Sir John Ponsonby, first baronet (1786–1854)’, rev., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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