Published by Alexr. Hogg at the King's Arms No.16 Paternoster Row, Sep. 1. 1786.
Engraving, 175 x 110mm. 7 x 4¼". A fine impression with margins.
Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe) (1756 - 1837), famous beauty, and mistress of George IV. A woman of tact and discretion, Mrs Fitzherbert was one of the great beauties of her day. Although a Catholic and a widow she was persuaded to marry the Prince of Wales in a secret ceremony in 1785. The marriage was illegal. The Prince did not have the King's approval and the heir could not marry a Catholic without forfeiting the right to the throne. Mrs Fitzherbert was condemned to a life of deception as the Prince's 'mistress'. She patiently maintained this position for almost a decade after George's official marriage to Caroline of Brunswick in 1795. For the 'New Lady's Magazine' 1786.
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