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By Stephen C. Behrendt

ISBN-10: 0230376320

ISBN-13: 9780230376328

ISBN-10: 0312210493

ISBN-13: 9780312210496

ISBN-10: 1349401951

ISBN-13: 9781349401956

This publication examines the frequent reaction in British inventive media to the loss of life in childbirth in 1817 of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, daughter of the Prince Regent and heiress to the throne, displaying how either in print fabrics like poetry and sermons and extra-literary artifacts like visible artwork, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles her lifestyles and demise have been invested with the traits of delusion at the same time her memorialists appropriated her reports within the strategy of generating patron commodities for an rising mass viewers.

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The humanity and kindness to all who were in distress or affliction surpass belief, and I never knew a person less selfish. . I never saw in her any personal vanity, and there was nothing unforgiving in her disposition. 43 Of the princess's reputation for humanity and generosity we shall hear a good deal more later. ** Exploiting public disapprobation of that proposed match, the picture represents the familiar bulky John Bull, here in the role of gardener, preparing to evict a smoking Dutchman from the vicinity of an overturned potted rose that has been pitched from its accustomed place on a throne.

Caroline stands upright at the centre, tuning a large harp, while at the right the young Charlotte (whose figure is disproportionally large) holds up a piece of music from a portfolio for her with her right hand. The 1802 portrait upon which the 1806 print is based is a reworking of the princess's image from the double portrait. The print of Charlotte (like Lawrence's separate painting) is delightful in its exuberance and grace. Charlotte, who is given wonderfully wild hair, sits facing left, with her legs crossed toward The Image of a Princess 43 the right.

2 The Image of a Princess Considering the remarkable number of writings that treated the circumstances of Princess Charlotte's death, it is tempting to wonder whether the young woman truly meant so much to so many, or whether some other phenomenon accounts for this extraordinary volume of writing and for the apparently universal outpouring of affectionate sentiment it would seem to indicate. The answer, not surprisingly, is more complex than it might at first appear to be. Certainly there was genuine public grief, for the death of a young woman in the direct line of succession, especially during a period marked by a national crisis of spirit, would naturally have occasioned more than mere formulaic pathos.

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