|Method||Stipple printed in colour with hand colouring|
|Artist||Marie Anne Bourlier|
|Published||London. Published by E. Harding 19 May |
|Dimensions||Image 188 x 140 mm, Plate 280 x 218 mm, Sheet 380 x 273 mm|
A three-quarter length portrait of Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, standing and looking left, her hair tied up with a headscarf, wearing a simple white empire dress and a necklace with a flower pendant.
Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776-1857) was born into the house of Hanover, she was known for her wit and beauty. Her first love, Prince Frederick of Orange, died in Italy during his military service, before they had even got engaged, and she did not consider marriage for a long time after that. When she was forty, she married her first cousin, Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, with whom she had a happy life. They did not have any children, but they always stayed close to family and Mary became an aunt to the later Queen Victoria.
Marie Anne Bourlier (fl. 1801-1824) was a printmaker, draftsman and painter, working in London from 1806 onwards. It is unclear if she was British or possibly emigrated from France before this time. She mainly made portraits in painting and stipple, and took up lithography later in life.
Condition: Good impression with minor time toning, binding holes to left margin. Publication line rubbed, light crease to sitter's face. Crease to bottom left corner of sheet, not affecting image.