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Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson) (1776-1852), Mistress of the Duke of York

Sitter in 8 portraits
From 1803 to 1806, Mary Anne Clarke was mistress of Frederick, Duke of York. Their affair turned into a political scandal when the Duke was charged with corruption for promoting officers from whom Clarke had taken bribes. Renounced by the Duke, Clarke proved to be an adept political operator, writing her own revealing memoirs and extracting huge pensions from the government to keep them suppressed.