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Portrait length color image of Maria Fitzherbert  (Older) aka. Maria Anne Smythe, by George Stuart.

Maria Fitzherbert (Older)

Portrait by
artist-historian George Stuart.

Courtesy Museum of Ventura County.
Left close up color image of Maria Fitzherbert  (Older) aka. Maria Anne Smythe, by George Stuart.gray spacerRight closup color image of Maria Fitzherbert  (Older) aka. Maria Anne Smythe, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Maria Fitzherbert  (Older) aka. Maria Anne Smythe, by George Stuart.

Woman of many parts - couldn't resist George IV.

A predilection for older women led The Prince of Wales, the future George IV to a relationship with the widow Fitzherbert. She was well-educated, a serious botanist and part of the London elite. They were secretly wed and she became his companion for much of his adult life. The two shared many projects, including the development of Brighton Pavilion. However their marriage was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act and she would never be queen. After many years, Fitzherbert broke off the relationship permanently when George IV took a new mistress.

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