Soon after her husband's death, obscene libels (bearing a political subtext) began to appear against AD
. William Combe
led the way in a couplet satire, The First of April; or, The Triumphs of Folly...
Literary historian Andrew Elfenbein
argues that these attacks formed part of a general assault on the morals of the aristocracy. AD
stepped up her artistic activities during the next decade, and this rendered her liable...