Silhouette (circa 1870)

The Hon Mrs F Byron

Gouache, pen, and ink

52 x 44 cm

Likely Mary Jane Wescomb, the daughter of the daughter of Reverend William Wescomb. She married the Hon Frederick Byron in 1851; Byron was a cricketer educated at Westminster and Balliol College, Oxford, and became a fellow at All Souls College in 1843. The couple moved in to Langford Grove together after their marriage.

Prior to photography, silhouettes were the easiest way of recording a person’s appearance. This set might record the group present at a country house party, a wedding, or other similar convivial occasion.

Condition: generally very good.

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