Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beau: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beauclerk

Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beau: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beauclerk

by Carola Hicks (Author)

Synopsis

This is a passionate tale of an eighteenth-century artist's scandalous life. Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1735, the eldest child of the third Duke of Marlborough. She was expected to follow a traditional path through life: educated in the fashion considered suitable for a girl, and married to a man of the appropriate rank for a duke's daughter. However, Lady Di overturned convention. She left her husband, pursued a secret relationship with Topham Beauclerk, hid the birth of an illegitimate child, was divorced, remarried and eventually had to earn her living by painting. Lady Di became a highly gifted artist who painted portraits, illustrated books and plays, provided designs for Wedgwood's innovative pottery and decorated rooms with murals. Carola Hicks provides a stirring account of her life and the world she inhabited. She sheds light on the whole artistic life of the eighteenth century and the dramatic consequences of the transgressing of boundaries. "Improper Pursuits" is an absorbing study of a singular life.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Pan
Published: 10 May 2002

ISBN 10: 0330488015
ISBN 13: 9780330488013

Author Bio
Carola Hicks studied Archaeology and History of Art at Edinburgh University and then went on to do a PhD on animals in the Bayeux Tapestry. She now teaches art history to adult and undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge and is Director of Studies in History of Art at Newnham College as well as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She has two children and lives in Cambridge and London.