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

Closed for 2019. Please see website for details.

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