Lady Maria Callcott

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Rear Admiral's daughter Maria Dundas travelled widely in south and east India and developed a keen interest in its cultures, religions, and antiquities.

In 1821, after several years in England, she travelled with her husband to South America. Unfortunately her hubby died en route.

Although alone, Maria spent the next 5 years in South America. The Journal she wrote of her time in Rio de Janeiro is one of the few direct accounts of the independence movement in Brazil.

By 1826 she was back in England and married to landscape painter Augustus Wall Callcott. Maria continued to write on travel, history and art. (Next)