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any art experts on here?

jon attwood

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I've been researching an interesting family story recently, and wondered if any of you could help with some information......
My Grandmother passed on to my Father many accounts of events in our family history, including the story of my great grandmother (Lily Beatrice Cheeseman, b 22 03 1887), who encountered a travelling artist around 1900, the artist asked her mothers permission to paint her (he was apparently quite taken with her striking long auburn hair), permission was given and Lily was painted in a meadow near the river Medway at lower Rainham in Kent. When her mother saw the painting she was very impressed, and asked if she could buy it, only to be told that there was no way she could afford it. I am assuming that the painter was of some repute if he could command a high price for his work.
so can any of you suggest how I might be able to find a list of artists who were working in the north Kent area around 1900? or perhaps even know of a picture of a girl with striking auburn hair painted at that time and place? it would be great to see my Great Grandmother in a gallery!
a photo is attached of her and her brother Albert (who died in WW1 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate) taken about 1902.



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