After Andrew Plimer, 19th Century Mary Anne Clarke, née Thompson (1776-1852), wearing empire line white dress, ruby and pearl necklace with ruby brooch at her corsage, her hair upswept

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Lot 196Y
After Andrew Plimer
19th Century
Mary Anne Clarke, née Thompson (1776-1852), wearing empire line white dress, ruby and pearl necklace with ruby brooch at her corsage, her hair upswept

Sold for £ 456 (US$ 607) inc. premium
After Andrew Plimer, 19th Century
Mary Anne Clarke, née Thompson (1776-1852), wearing empire line white dress, ruby and pearl necklace with ruby brooch at her corsage, her hair upswept.
Rectangular papier-mâché frame, inscription on the reverse, Mary Anne Clarke/ Born 1776 died 1851/ mistress of Frederick Duke of York/ second son of George Third.
Oval, 71mm (2 13/16in) high

Footnotes

  • In 1830, Mary Anne Clarke, began an affair with Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763-1827). At this time he was commander-in-chief of the army. When his payments to her became irregular she began accepting money from men seeking promotion. This was soon discovered and the Duke and Miss Clarke were investigated and found guilty. Consequently, the Duke resigned from his position and ended his relationship with her.

    Abandoned by the Duke, Miss Clarke produced a volume of recollections containing letters she had received from the Duke. To prevent the volume from being distributed, she was paid £7000 and given a substantial pension. However still unsatisfied she wrote 'A Letter to the Right Hon. William Fitzgerald', for which she was convicted of libel and spent nine months in prison. Her life provided the basis for a novel, Mary Anne (1954), by her descendant Daphne Du Maurier.
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