Mary of Buttermere by James Gillray

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

Details

Medium:
1) pen & ink with pencil & grey wash; 2) hand coloured engraving
Dimensions:
1) 26.7 x 20.3 cm; 2) 30.5 x 23.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,500 ( Total: £12,500)
Acquired in:
1993
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Private collection, Germany; private collection, USA.

Venue details

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum Town End, GRASMERE Cumbria LA22 9SH 01539 435 544 www.wordsworth.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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