Monthly Archives: April 2014

Portrait artist Jean Reasoner

In late June, 1951, shortly after we arrived from Singapore to stay with cousins in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the artist “Jean Reasoner” came to the family farm (called ‘Rokeby’) to paint all the cousins’ portraits in one afternoon. I believe she painted seven that day. We sat in a highchair while she worked. I remember Mum telling me she charged $25 each. They are done in pastels on paper, and they captured us exactly. Absolutely charming and amazing work. Below are the ones she did of  my younger brother, Sandy, and myself. There is now more information online about this talented portrait painter, whose married name was Plunket.

"Sandy" by Jean Reasoner"Plum" by Jean Reasoner

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