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A perspective view of Winchester Palace
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Mrs Fitzherbert
Mrs Fitzherbert
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Brief Description: Portrait of Mrs Fitzherbert published in 1810.
Subject Date: 1810
Creator: R Cooper; J Bell, La Belle Asemblee
Owner: Hampshire Library and Information Service
Contributor: Hampshire Library and Information Service
Full Description: Maria Anne Smythe moved into Brambridge House in 1762, when aged 5 years, on the acquisition of the estate by her father. She married first Edward Weld of Lulworth Castle and secondly, on the death of her first husband in a riding accident within a year, Thomas Fitzherbert, a Staffordshire gentleman, in 1778. During her first widowhood, Maria lived for a while in a cottage at Colden Common. Her second husband died at Nice in 1781, leaving Maria £1000 p.a. and houses in Park Street, London and at Richmond. Occasionally she returned to Brambridge, and in 1782 she endowed the small Roman Catholic chapel which her family had built at nearby Highbridge. Her life changed in 1784 when she met the Prince of Wales. The next year they were secretly married in her drawing room in Park Street, an illegal marriage under both the Royal Marriages Act and the Act of Settlement. Tangled constitutional issues were raised which threatened the monarchy, and which were compounded when the Prince married Princess Caroline of Brunswick in 1795. The liaison with Mrs Fitzherbert continued until 1811. She died in 1837. Reference: Hitchings, Paul, The royal lady at Brambridge, Hampshire Magazine, August 1969, p. 31-32.
Collection: The Hampshire Collection
Place: Colden Common, Hampshire
Subject: portrait, Brambridge House, Brambridge, Highbridge, Roman Catholic, Catholicism, monarchy
Name Subject: Maria Anne Smythe, Mrs Fitzherbert, Edward Weld, Thomas Fitzherbert, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent, George IV
Content Type: Print
Location: Winchester Library - Jewry Street
Local Ref: H 15.4 FIT; 389
Unique ID: hs-hl-hs6305-i-00-000.jpg

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