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Elizabeth Craven (née Berkeley), Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1750-1828), Dramatist, author, traveller and socialite
Sitter in 5 portraits
Berkeley married in 1767 and began her literary career writing plays. After the birth of their sixth child she and Lord Craven parted, and in 1783 she began a journey across Europe, publishing her diary of the trip as A journey through the Crimea to Constantinople (1789). During her travels she began an affair with the Margrave of Brandenburg, Anspach and Beyreuth. On Craven's death in 1791, she married the Margrave and they continued to live in Anspach, where she translated plays and wrote her own, for which her husband composed the music. After further travels, they settled in London, where she continued to write. The Margrave died in 1806 and Elizabeth travelled again, buying a villa in Naples in 1817, where she died.
by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after Sir Joshua Reynolds