a few women dared to brake free from the constraints placed
upon them by society.
Brian Dolan writes in "Ladies of the Grand Tour,"
number of 'bluestocking' women, noted for their intellectual
accomplushments, let the droning worl of polite drawing-room
converstation to exercise their minds, enjoy social independence
and cultivate new tastes, and romanices, abroad"
on the left is the twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth, Lady Webster,
later Lady Holland, married Sir Godfrey Webster in 1786. Lady
Webster was unhappy in her marriage and spent most of her
time traveling abroad. Whil traveling the continents she took
a lover, Thomas Pelham. Later, after divorcing Lord Webster,
she married Henry Richard Fox, 3rd Lord Holland. Lord and
Lady Holland traveled extensively and participated enthusiastically
in political activities.
was done in Rome during Piozzi's second continental tour in
1785. Piozzi was a poet whose early poems were published anonymously
in the St James Chronicle.After leaving England for
Italy with her second husband, Italian musician Gabriel Piozzi,
she had published her Observation and Reflections on a
Journey Through France, Italy, and Germany.
of Mrs. Knight was painted by Angelika Kauffmann, another
famous BlueStocking, in 1793. Knight moved to Naples with
her widowed mother in 1785 and spent 16 years living there.
Knight published her first novel, Dinarbus in 1790. She returned
to England after her stint in Naples and became a lady companion
to Queen Charlotte. After spending a year in the Queen's service
Cornelia resumed her travels and continued to publish.