C1710 Queen Anne Oil on Canvas Portrait of Follett Family Lady (?)
The plaque at the base of the frame proclaims this as a portrait of Dorothy Follett. There is an inscription on the stretcher also. It is 18th century or early 19th century. It says:"A portrait of Dorothy Burgess Esq married to Benjamin Follett Esq of Topsham, Devon." I finally found the marriage licence of Dorothy (of St Andrew, Plymouth), and Benjamin Follett dated 12th November 1756. Her burial is recorded on 29th April 1802. Clearly this is not a portrait of Dorothy. She belongs to a previous generation, and would probably have been born in the 1670s or 1680s. Unfortunately, family histories are often flawed. I do believe the painting is almost certainly from the accumulation of Follett family portraits, but is more likely to be Benjamin's mother or even grandmother.
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