Maria Grazia. The Brigand's Wife.
Published by Berthoud & Son. 65. Quadrant. London. 1828.
Coloured aquatint. 337 x 247mm. 13¼" x 9¾".
In 1819 Papal troops demolished the community of Sonnino, arresting several hundreds of prisoners. The men were detained in the Castel Sant’Angelo, whereas the women and children were held in a workhouse adjacent to the Thermes of Diocletian. After several months the Roman authorities could not maintain the women and children at such a high expense, so released them. Maria Grazia, whom was amongst these captives, became mistress of Schnetz and remained in Rome to make a long career of posing, becoming somewhat of a celebrity.
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