BEALE, Mary Knight (née Oliver) 1776-1851. Small portrait of a lady in a lace bonnet, drawn in pencil and finished in watercolour to the face, mounted in an oval gilt frame measuring circa 7.5 x 10.5 inches. On the reverse are handwritten details in two different hands: "Grandmama Beale, Father's Mother. A.E.Cole" and "Copied over by E.M.R[?]. Mary Knight Oliver = Mrs William Beale born 1776. Believed to be drawn by her sister".
Mary Knight Oliver was born in 1776 in Martock, Somerset, the daughter of Thomas Oliver and Margaret Knight (who were married in Martock 5 July 1774). Mary married a William Beale (whose details have not been traced) and their son Thomas Oliver Beale (b. about 1799) a farmer, married Georgiana Palmer in Bedford in 1826, and he died in Shardlow, Derbyshire in 1882. In the 1851 census Mary is found in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, living with her son Thomas and daughter-in-law. Mary died on 9 September 1851 as recorded on a memorial at the West End Independent Chapel, Wellingborough.