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A Petition To Time In Favor Of The Duchess Of Devonshire

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was considered one of the beauties of her time. But it wasn’t so much her looks, as her personality and manners, that charmed people. Here’s how her contemporary Wraxall described her: “The personal charms of the Duchess of Devonshire constituted her smallest pretensions to universal admiration; nor did her beauty consist,

A Mother’s Advice On Gambling

In the Georgian Era, gambling was endemic among the upper classes. “A thousand meadows and cornfields are staked at every throw, and as many villages lost as in the earthquake that overwhelmed Herculaneum and Pompeii”, wrote Horace Walpole. A lady very fond of gambling, much to her mother’s chagrin, was Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Lady

Georgiana, The Trendsetter

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was a fashion icon. Whatever she wore, regardless of how absurd or uncomfortable it was, became instantly fashionable. Women rushed to copy her, while men ridiculed her. Georgiana took it all in her stride and, undeterred, she kept setting trends. Here are a few she launched: Hair TowersWhen French women started

An Uncaring Fiancé

When Georgiana Spencer agreed to marry William, Duke of Devonshire, she erroneously believed he had the same character as her father: distant, cold and awkward in public, but warm and affectionate in private. Unfortunately, she was wrong. Her fiancé was just distant and cold. An incident that happened when they were in Bath, and that

Georgiana Spencer Marries The Duke Of Devonshire

News that the Duke of Devonshire, one of the wealthiest bachelors in England, was to marry the beautiful and charming Georgiana Spencer spread fast and created quite a sensation. The wedding was very publicized and, fearing the church would be crowded with curious onlookers, the bride’s parents decided to keep the ceremony secret. So secret

The Devonshire Amusement

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was the subject of many satirical prints that ridiculed not only her fashion sense but also her involvement in politics. In a time when women were supposed to stay at home taking care of their husbands and children, a woman who overstepped these boundaries was seen as threatening and out of

The Picture Hat

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was one of the fashion icons of her day. One of the most popular fashions she launched during her “career” was known as “The Picture Hat”. In 1783, Thomas Gainsborough painted a portrait of Georgiana wearing a black, wide-brimmed hat decorated with a sash over the crown and feathers she had