The Most Beautiful Woman In Great Britain

Newspaper clipping:

HER GRACE, THE DUCHESS OF LEINSTER
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN GREAT BRITAIN WHO DIED TUESDAY

Found in "The Life of Cicero" by Conyers Middleton. Published by Wells and Lilly, 1818.

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4 comments:

Lisa Fulton said...

What a great find. Do you know the date of the newspaper clipping?

Michael Popek said...

I'm not 100% sure, but the paper stock is quite old. If it is this Duchess (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_FitzGerald,_Duchess_of_Leinster) then it would be from 1814

Auntie Maim said...

I enjoy that -- depending on how you parse it -- the text can be read as, "She was the most beautiful woman in Great Britain, and she died Tuesday," as was probably intended, or, "Of the women who died Tuesday, she was the most beautiful in Great Britain."

Jeff said...

Guessing it's this lady:

http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp52736/hermione-wilhelmina-fitzgerald-nee-duncombe-duchess-of-leinster

who was this guys wife:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_FitzGerald,_5th_Duke_of_Leinster

Since she died of tuberculosis at 30 in 1895.

Also, photography didn't exist yet in 1814 ;-)

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