Mary “Perdita” Robinson (1756-1800)

The Prince’s Mistress




The story of the beautiful Mary Robinson, spirited actress and fashion icon who attracted the attention of the future George IV while playing PERDITA in Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE.


Famed for her liaisons with the prince and others, Mary was later known as a romantic poet and friend of Coleridge, a witty and perceptive novelist, and a radical columnist who gave herself the pseudonym of TABITHA BRAMBLE.


This presentation is accompanied by slides from the Royal Collection, the Wallace Collection, Waddesden Manor and the National Portrait Gallery. They include portraits of the fashionable Mrs. Robinson by Reynolds, Romney and Gainsborough, and some unexpected images of the future George lV.


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