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

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.


Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
015394 35544
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Opening times

Due to our redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, our opening times will vary in 2020. Please check our website ahead of your visit for more information.

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