Mrs D - The Life of Anne Damer (1748-1828)
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- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858585000
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Born 1748 to a life of luxury, Anne Conway
was subjected to an arranged marriage, in 1767, to a husband she neither knew
nor liked. Without him, she enjoyed the high life and with Georgiana Duchess of
Devonshire became one of the It girls of swinging London 1775.
1776 brought abrupt change. As the age of
revolution gathered pace, Anne's husband John Damer went bankrupt, and
committed suicide. Anne turned to sculpting. She modelled friends and family,
their animals, and public heroes including Admiral Nelson.
Living through a further half century of
revolution, she mixed sculpture, with acting, writing, and travel. Her friends
included leading members of the political, arts and theatre world. Her
descriptions of people, travel and life in differing countries of revolutionary
Europe are fascinating. Nelson gave her his coat, Napoleon, a diamond encrusted
portrait of himself.
She formed a triangular friendship with her
godfather Horace Walpole and his protegee Mary Berry. Mrs D is the abbreviation
by which Anne Damer is frequently described in their letters to each other.
Horace left Anne his famous house, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, and gave Mary
and her family the house next door.
About the Author
Richard Webb was born and brought up in
rural Worcestershire. After school at Harrow, he secured a degree in modern
history at Oxford University, and a post graduate diploma in business
administration at the LSE.
His subsequent working life was occupied in
running the family owned Garden Centre, Webbs of Wychbold. He was elected to
the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society on which he served for 10 years.
He has written numerous gardening articles, and a book of verses 'Webbs Seed
He is married to Marigold, great great great granddaughter of Louisa Johnston, Anne Damer's niece, to whom the sculptress left the bulk of her estate. They have two children, Ed who now runs the garden centre, and Kate (Holland) who binds designer books with flair, and six grandchildren.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|