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Serres, Olivia (1772-1834) 

Gender: Female

Other names
Wilmot, Olivia (Maiden name)
Olive, Princess of Cumberland (Pseudonym or nickname)

Functions, occupations and activities
Born in Warwick (3 April 1772), daughter of Robert Wilmot, house painter; learnt drawing at home in London from John Thomas Serres, whom she married by special licence, because she was under age, at Barton-on-Heath, Warwickshire (17 September 1791); they were separated (1804); taught and practised art; exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy (1794, 1804-1808); landscape painter to the Prince of Wales (1806), whom she later begged for money; wrote novels, poems and other works; claimed to be the illegitimate (1817), then later the legitimate (1820) daughter of Henry Frederick, duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, brother of George III and called herself "Princess Olive of Cumberland"; arrested for debt (July 1821); died 21 November 1834; buried in St James' Piccadilly


Family relationship with Serres, John Thomas (1759-1825)

Archival Resources
Number noted: 1

Letters to Lord Eldon, 1820-30
Held at: Private
Document reference: HMC

Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55