The Honorable George Lamb (1734-1834) was a politician and writer. His parentage was disputed; his mother was certainly Elizabeth Lamb (1751-1818), the wife of Peniston Lamb, first Viscount Melbourne (1745-1828). His father was generally believed to have been his godfather, the Prince Regent, later King George IV. In 1809 Lamb married Caroline Rosalie Adelaide St Jules, the illegitimate daughter of Lady Elizabeth Foster and the fifth Duke of Devonshire. The couple had a turbulent relationship and in 1816 Caroline lived in Italy, conducting a very public affair with Henry Brougham. The couple were reconciled the following year, and lived together until his death.
Lamb was MP for Westminster 1819-1820 and MP for Dungurvan 1822-1834. He wrote a comic opera ‘Whistle It’, which was produced in 1807 and published a translation of the poems of Catullus in 1821.
This image is one of a number collected by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a four volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, a process known as 'Grangerising'. In doing so he created a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county.