The Rt. Hon.ble Lady Anna Maria Stanhope.
London, Published April 1, 1801, by Anthy. Cardon, 31 Clipstone Stret, Fitzroy Square.
Stipple in frame. Plate 360 x 248mm.
Lady Anna Maria Stanhope daughter of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington. [1783 - 1857] married Francis Russell 7th Duke of Bedford in London in in 1808. Tea in the afternoon served with other foods as a snack or meal is believed to have originated from the Duchess of Bedford who experienced a 'sinking feeling' in the late afternoon. With tea figuring as England's favorite drink, it was the most likely choice as the beverage for this new meal. Given that Anna's brother Viscount Petersham was a great tea aficionado coffee and chocolate didn't stand a chance. Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o'clock in her rooms at Woburn Abbey. The menu consisted of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea. The Duchess continued this summer practice when she returned to London, sending invitations to her friends asking them to join her for 'tea and a walking the fields.' (At that time, large open meadows were still to be found in Mayfair.) Other social hostesses soon began to invite friends to afternoon tea.
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