Princesses were traditionally expected to marry into foreign royal families to strengthen strategic relations between their native and adopted nations, facilitate diplomatic and cultural exchange, and establish new dynasties.
However, the prospects of connubial bliss for the six daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte were overshadowed by the illness of their father, domineering spirit of their mother, and the political instability in Europe.
The first lecture uncovers the complicated web of marital disappointments, lonely spinsterhoods, and illicit love affairs of the six forgotten princesses.
EUGENE BARILO VON REISBERG is a writer, researcher, and art consultant. He is an internationally acknowledged authority on Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the nineteenth-century elite portrait specialist, and he is currently completing a doctoral thesis on the artist at the University of Melbourne
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88), Princesses Charlotte, Augusta and Elisabeth, 1784, The Royal Collection, England, RCIN 400206