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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell) (1808-1877), Novelist and poet; Law reform campaigner

Sitter in 10 portraits
In 1827 Caroline married George Norton. She established herself as a society hostess, becoming friends with such figures as Benjamin Disraeli and the future King Leopold I. She also began writing; her first novel, The Sorrows of Rosalie (1829), was well received. Her marriage broke down in 1835. Her husband removed her children from her and accused her publicly of having an affair with Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister, almost bringing down the government. Caroline continued to write as a means of generating an income; her best work was considered to be Lost and Saved (1863). She married Sir William Stirling-Maxwell in 1877, four months before her death.

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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell)

by Daniel Maclise, published by James Fraser
lithograph, published 1831
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell)

by John & Charles Watkins, published by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell)

by William Overend Geller, published by Ackermann & Co, after John Hayter
mezzotint, published 1 February 1835
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell)

by William Overend Geller, published by Ackermann & Co, after John Hayter
mezzotint, published 1 February 1835
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