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Catherine Stepney

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Nationality  British

Name  Catherine Stepney
Catherine Stepney
Born  23 December 1778 (1778-12-23) Grittleton
Died  April 14, 1845, London, United Kingdom

Catherine Stepney (23 December 1778 – 14 April 1845) was a British novelist.


Catherine Pollok was born in Grittleton, Wiltshire in 1778. Her first husband was Russell Manners, whom she divorced. In 1813 she married Sir Thomas Stepney who was the ninth and as it turned out the last Stepney baronet, of Prendergast. He was a groom of the bed-chamber to the Duke of York and he died without issue in 1825.

Stepney is credited with writing six novels, but Mary Mitford claimed that Stepney's drafts were honed and polished by Letitia Elizabeth Landon. She wrote two novels during her first marriage, and four known as the silver fork novels after her second marriage were about the high society she frequented.

Stepney was known as a hostess because her house was a meeting place for London's artistic and literary society. In 1836 she modelled for a bust by Richard Cockle Lucas who portrayed her as Cleopatra. This bust is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The National Portrait Gallery has a painting of her made by John Hayter.

Stepney died in London in 1845. After her death there were accounts of how she was unaware that her novels were not always well regarded.


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