From: Matt Davies
Frances Evelyn ('Daisy')
Countess of Warwick, was the grand-daughter and co-heiress of the last
Viscount Maynard. In 1881, after being considered as a possible
for Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold, she married instead Leopold's
equerry, Lord Brooke. In the 1890s she carried on a long affair
the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), which was broken off as she
to show an increasing interest in Socialism (deemed inappropriate for a
high society woman like herself), and the Prince met the Hon. Mrs.
Keppel, who remained his mistress until his death in 1910. Daisy
maintained several homes, among them the well-known Warwick Castle and
Easton Lodge, where she entertained in grand Edwardian style. She
later published several volumes of reminiscences, among them Life's
Ebb and Flow, for which this portrait served as frontispiece.
Great Expectations, 2004-2005