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.


Wordsworth Grasmere

Wordsworth Grasmere, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
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