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.
by Frank Stone
by Francis John Williamson
by John & Charles Watkins
by John & Charles Watkins, published by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
after Daniel Maclise
by William Overend Geller, published by Ackermann & Co, after John Hayter
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