Elizabeth Craven (née Berkeley), Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach(1750-1828), Dramatist; author; traveller
Sitter in 5 portraits
After the birth of her six child, Elizabeth, Countess of Craven separated from her husband and set out on a long journey across Europe in 1783. She went on to publish her diary of this trip as A journey through the Crimea to Constantinople (1789). When she reached Ansbach she began an affair with Christian Frederick Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth. On the death of Elizabeth's first husband, in 1791, the Margrave sold his Prussian estates and they returned to London to live in Hammersmith at Brandenburg House, 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