We have a portrait in our house of Great Aunt Blanche. To me she would have been Great great aunt Blanch as she was my Granpy’s aunt. Its a very good charcoal sketch and we’ve always known that the artist was apparently a member of the Royal Academy but we’ve not known much more than that. Blanche Geraldine Powney (1874–1952?) herself was married to a antique dealer in Colchester and we used to have some nice bits of furniture that she left my Granpy.

Aunt Blanche

This week, my Mum has discovered the identity of the artist, Gunning King, who was indeed a member of the Royal Academy and has quite a collection of paintings out there. I particularly like this painting of Corfe Castle, where some of my other family come from…


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