Mary of Buttermere was the victim of bigamist James Hatfield, whose case was a sensation.
Mary of Buttermere by James Gillray, 18001802
© Wordsworth Trust
- 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.