Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday’s Wonderings-Cover Thoughts

I was looking through my stacks and stacks of Pride & Prejudice spin-offs and I could not help but to notice that the image they use on the covers of most of these books bears a striking resemblance to Frances Anne Vane, the Marchioness of Londonderry.

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Frances_Vane,_Marchioness_of_Londonderry Frances Anne Vane, the Marchioness of Londonderry

Who is the Marchioness of Londonderry?


January 17, 1800

St. James’s Square, London, England


January 20, 1865

Seaham Hall, County Durham, England






Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry


George Henry Robert Charles William Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry

Lady Francis Anne Emily Vane

Lady Alexandrina Octavia Maria Vane

Lord Adolphus Frederick Charles William Vane-Tempest

Lord Ernest McDonnell Vane-Tempest


Sir Henry Vane-Tempest

Anne, 2nd Countess of Antrim

Random Facts:

-Through her daughter, Lady Francis Vane, wife of John Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, she was the great-grandmother of Sir Winston Churchill.

-She inherited extensive lands from her father in north east England

-With her husband, she started an extensive coal mining operation that included coal mines, a railroad, and docks at Seaham.

-Tsar Alexander I of Russia became infatuated with her after viewing her portrait.


Do you think the covers bare a resemblance to to the Marchioness of Londonderry?

Until We Meet Again,

Angela 5


  1. I think you have a point about the resemblance and I enjoyed reading your facts on the lady.

  2. You know, the image on the first cover is the portrait of Madame Récamier made by François Gérard.
    (Sorry for my poor English grammar - I'm from Russia:))
    Thanks for your post anyway.

  3. Yes, I agree with you. She looks the image of Frances Anne Vane, the Marchioness of Londonderry. She was a very attractive lady. I enjoyed reading the details of her and her family.

  4. I don`t think the only resemblance to Frances Anne Vane Tempest Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry is just in the picture.
    If you look at the reputation and lifestyle of her father Sir Henry Vane Tempest and of the coming together of the families Vane and Tempest in 1794, there is enough historical fact for the basis of all of her novels and other contemporaries.
    I am researching links to these two rich coal owning families from the North East of England and strangely enough felt the recorded behaviour of members of the family must have pervaded to society and popular culture at the time. Her father Sir Henry vane tempest friend of the Prince of Wales and party animal and bounder, had a love of horses only matched by that of ladies, if only his treatment was on a par....!!