[Mary Ann Clarke.]
Scarce stipple printed in colours, 220 x 140mm. 8¾ x 5½". Good margins.
Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson) (1776 - 1852), mistress of Frederick, Duke of York from 1803 to 1806. Their affair turned into a political scandal when the Duke was charged with corruption for promoting officers from whom Clarke had taken bribes. Renounced by the Duke, Clarke proved to be an adept political operator, writing her own revealing memoirs and extracting huge pensions from the government to keep them suppressed. In her right hand she clutches a paper (an army commission?); a vivid and subtly satirical contemporary depiction published as news of the scandal broke. The Duke resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army on 25 March 1809.
BM undescribed. See also item 20905.
[Ref: 20904] £220.00