Mary Robinson (née Darby)(1756 or 1758-1800), Known as 'Perdita'; writer, actress and mistress of the future George IV
Sitter in 12 portraits
Mary Robinson was also known as Perdita after playing that role in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale in 1779. It was during a performance of this play that she attracted the notice of the young Prince of Wales, later King George IV. Her affair with him ended amidst much publicity in 1781: she threatened to publish the prince's letters and, in exchange for returning them, she was rewarded with £5000 and a small annuity. She subsequently earned her living through writing, publishing poems for The Oracle (1790-3) and the Morning Post (1797-1800), as well as plays, pamphlets, translations, miscellaneous journalism, autobiography, and several novels.
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probably by James Gillray, published by J. Langham
hand-coloured etching, published 20 February 1783
by John Boyne, published by Edward Hedges
etching, published 5 January 1784