Mary ('Minnie', née Stevens), Lady Paget(1853-1919), Heiress and society hostess; wife of Sir Arthur Paget; eldest daughter of Paran and Marietta Stevens of New York
Sitter in 4 portraits
Minnie Stevens came to Europe in 1872, having inherited the fortune of her father, the New York hotelier, Paran Stevens. She turned down numerous marriage proposals, earning the nickname, the 'Great Heiress', until an embarrassing episode in which a would-be suitor retracted his offer after discovering that her dowry was not as large as boasted. Minnie then re-alighted on a previously dashed proposal from Captain Arthur Paget, grandson of the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, whom she married in London in 1878. The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, gave his seal of approval when he personally visited the bride to offer his best wishes.
by John Thomson, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899