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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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Bathing Beauties

I’m still coming across historic photos that I love. This one shows my mother with cousins and  friends on a hot summer day in Virginia, getting ready to jump into their pool at Rokeby. Mum is standing third from right. Don’t you love their bathing suits? I think the year was 1938.


ROKEBY SWIMMERS closeup 1938

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March 3, 2014 · 8:41 am