NORTON, Ann of Stepney. Portrait miniature on card c. 1780

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NORTON, Ann, of Stepney. Portrait miniature on card circa 1780 of a lady with an indoor gathered lace bonnet (of dormeuse type) with pink bow, and wearing a lace edged bodice. Skin tones uneven in places, but no paint flaking. Mounted in a contemporary ebonised oval frame (118 x 103mm) with suspension loop. On the reverse on old paper is a contemporary handwritten inscription: "Miss Ann Norton of Stepney". The miniature has been glued on the reverse onto a cut down 18th century playing card.

Ann Norton has not been positively identified, although 3 potential christening records are found in the IGI, the first christened 11 February 1738 at St Dunstan, Stepney, the daughter of Richard & Ann Norton; the second christened 4 July 1753 at St Dunstan-in-the-West, the daughter of Thomas & Susannah Norton; and the third christened 13 April 1757 at St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, the daughter of Charles & Anne Norton. A marriage is recorded between Ann Norton and John Roberts 15 October 1782 at Spitalfields Christ Church, Stepney.

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