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Mr Needham, in brown coat with brass buttons, ochre waistcoat, frilled cravat, powdered hair, his head resting on his left hand; interior background with window
on ivory
oval, 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.) high, gilt-metal brooch frame
Henry Edridge; given to his sister-in-law, Fanny Smith of Taunton, to whom the present sitter was engaged.
Given by Fanny Smith to Reverend Richard Symes, A.M. (1796-1886), a Prebendary of Wells, Somerset.
Edward Fleet Alford Collection, 1886.
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The Reverend Richard Symes, A.M. was a Prebendary of Wells, Somerset. He died and was buried in the Parish Churchyard of Yatton, Somerset. A typed transcription of his memorandum reads, 'Mr Needham by Eldridge [sic] Given me by miss Fanny Smith of Tounton [sic], to whom Mr Needham was engaged, but died at an early age, he was a friend of Eldridge [sic] who painted this miniature, her brother-in-law and gave it to her.'
Edward Fleet Alford's maternal grandmother was the only sister of Rev. Symes.

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