Mary of Buttermere by James Gillray

Mary of Buttermere was the victim of bigamist James Hatfield, whose case was a sensation.


1) pen & ink with pencil & grey wash; 2) hand coloured engraving
1) 26.7 x 20.3 cm; 2) 30.5 x 23.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,500 ( Total: £12,500)
Acquired in:
Professor Michael Jaye

James Gillray was a brilliant political caricaturist, and drawings by him are rare as he usually drew directly onto the engraver's plate. Wordsworth included Mary's story in Book VII of 'The Prelude', contrasting his own fate with hers. One drawing and one engraving.


Private collection, Germany; private collection, USA.

Venue details

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum Town End, GRASMERE Cumbria LA22 9SH 01539 435 544

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

1 Mar – 31 Oct Daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm
1 Nov – 28 Feb Daily, 9.30am – 4.30pm