Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

Standard Name: Devonshire, Georgiana Cavendish,,, Duchess of
Birth Name: Georgiana Spencer
Styled: Lady Georgiana Spencer
Married Name: Lady Georgiana Cavendish
Titled: Lady Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Pseudonym: A Young Lady
Nickname: The Rat
An occasional or amateur author during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , wrote in a number of genres: poetry, diaries, travel writings, letters, and possibly two novels. Much of her work remains unpublished and her canon, both in prose and poetry, is far from certain.
Portrait of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, by Thomas Gainsborough, between 1785 and 1787. She stands with her body facing to her left, her face tilted towards the viewer, and her arms crossed, with one hand holding a pink rose. She wears a white gown with a high, ruffled neckline and lace detail around the cuffs, and a large, black, broad-brimmed hat. Her hair is pulled away from her face to flow down her back. Chatsworth.
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Cultural formation Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Her sexuality was and remains a large part of her reputation. She seems to have begun on her pattern of extramarital affairs while still with her first husband. While on her travels she was constantly...
death Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire , died in Rome, eighteen years precisely after the death of her predecessor Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire .
Foreman, Amanda. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. HarperCollins, 1998.
Dedications Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan
She was working on the research for this novel before she married; the work was interrupted by her father's death in May 1812. After it she wrote: He was the object for which I laboured...
Dedications Ann Hatton
The future AH published with her name (Ann Curtis, sister of Mrs. Siddons) Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, with a strong subscription list, dedicated to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire .
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
57 (1784): 314
Dedications Frances Arabella Rowden
She dedicated the work to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (aunt of her pupil Lady Caroline Lamb ), who blooms the sweetest flow'r in Britain's isle.
Rowden, Frances Arabella. A Poetical Introduction to the Study of Botany. T. Bensley, 1801.
She explained its genesis in an advertisement (dated 23 May...
Dedications Susanna Haswell Rowson
SHR issued by subscription her first novel, Victoria, dedicated to her possible employer (or ex-employer) Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , published for the author.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Dedications Radagunda Roberts
Hawkesworth, in suggesting this translation, had observed that as a woman's work of truly delicate female type this novel needed a female translator. He then revised, corrected, and approved the manuscript, but mere chance prevented...
Dedications Charlotte Smith
She dated her preface 19 November 1794. Further editions followed, and Rambles Farther (a sequel from the same publishers, Cadell and Davies ) appeared in August 1796, dedicated by permission to the twelve-year-old daughter of...
Employer Susanna Haswell Rowson
It was during this lean period that she began writing, teaching (she was probably though not certainly a governess, and possibly worked for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire ), and acting.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Trimmer
Their second daughter, Sarah known as Selina , taught the younger ones and also some neighbour children.
Yarde, Doris M. Sarah Trimmer of Brentford and her Children, with Some of her Early Writings 1780-1786. Hounslow and District History Society, 1990.
She later worked for as governess in the household of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , and later...
Family and Intimate relationships Harriette Wilson
Some months before her twentieth birthday, HW fell in love at first sight with Lord John Ponsonby (a relation of the famous Duchess of Devonshire and cousin of Lady Caroline Lamb ), who became second...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Lady Elizabeth Foster became the friend of the current Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana , and of the Duke ; very soon the three were inseparable.
Foreman, Amanda. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. HarperCollins, 1998.
97, 103
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Lady Elizabeth Foster married her long-time lover, the Duke of Devonshire , three years after the death of his first wife, Georgiana , her intimate friend.
Foreman, Amanda. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. HarperCollins, 1998.
Cokayne, George Edward. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant. Gibbs, VicaryEditor , St Catherine Press, 1959.
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Bess attached herself sentimentally to both the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire . Georgiana loved her from the first; it is not clear exactly how soon the duke (known in this intimate circle as Canis...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Caroline Lamb
LCL 's mother, Henrietta Frances Ponsonby , later Countess of Bessborough and known as Harriet, was the sister of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , and, like her, a patron of women writers and of the...


22 March 1754
A group of Nobles, Clergy, Gentlemen, & Merchants met to establish what became the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
In a year when Sir Joshua Reynolds painted, as Girl Reading, his niece Theophila Palmer perusing Richardson 's Clarissa, five novels by women advertised their Clarissa kinship.
Henry Mackenzie published his sentimental novelJulia de Roubigné, whose heroine is poisoned by the jealous husband she has married to please her father.
17 June 1783
Sir Cecil Wray , a maverick independent politician and reformer, presented in the House of Commons a Quaker petition for the abolition of slavery.
5 November 1788-10 March 1789
George III 's illness and palpable incapacity produced the Regency Crisis: the issue was whether or not power would devolve to the Prince of Wales .
July 1796
The explorer Mungo Park , abandoned and anxious on the banks of the Niger River in what is now Mali, was taken in, housed and fed by African village women, who composed and sang...
24 December 1799
Samuel Taylor Coleridge published in the Morning Post his ode in praise of the poetry of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire .
9 June 1819
The library of the late Queen Charlotte was auctioned by Christie's ; it included Jane Austen 's works, plus titles by Catherine Cuthbertson , Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , Christian Isobel Johnstone , Alethea Lewis