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November 18, 2009



Fascinating! Her name comes from her second husband, Thomas Fitzherbert of Swynnerton, of the great Catholic recusant family, whose eponymously named ancestor worked with Campion and Persons and later was rector of the English College in Rome.


My friend, the English-major-turned-attorney, commented, "I personally would have succumbed, and entitled this essay "The King and Eye."

George Pal

Wonderful story.

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.”
- Victor Hugo

Taking Victor and the book covers into account, it seems women have finally achieved the status of being seen and not heard. You’ve come a long way baby!

Mrs. Peperium

Caspar, welcome to PP. The King and Eye...heh. I wish I had thought of that...

George, heh. At the root of this has to be Picasso.

Christine,this just gets weirder. Ok Campion was executed at Tyburn was he not? Well Cosway was a Catholic and there is a bust of him at St. Marylebone -next or near Tyburn- as that is where he is buried. His wife was an artist as well and on excellent terms with the Pope. Her name was Maria.

Old Dominion Tory

Making this even more interesting is that Richard Cosway's wife, Maria, was the platonic love interest of Thomas Jefferson when he was American Minister to France in the late 1780s. She must have been something because Jefferson once injured himself performing some physical feat undetaken to impress the younger Maria.
Although her marriage to Cosway was something that George IV would have recognized(apparently, he was something of a libertine and she often was in the company of other men), in the early part of the 19th century, Maria followed a better path. She painted many works for chapels, devoted herself to establishing and supporting convent schools for young ladies in France and Italy, and cared for sick friends and relatives.

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