Portrait of Mary Brett, by John Brett, RA. 1868, in graphite, pen and brown ink on blue paper. Size: 6¾ x 10 3/8 in. (172 X 264 mm.). Source: Christie's, 2007; provenance, Jeremy Maas. The sketch is inscribed, "Taken by Mr Brett at the Mill Garden on July 14th 1868." This is interesting because Christopher Newall tells us that Brett met his future wife, Mary Ann Howcroft (born in 1844/5), in "about" 1870. It seems that they met a little earlier than he supposed. The couple would have seven children, the first being born in 1871 or 1872. — Jacqueline Banerjee

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Newall, Christopher. "Brett, John (1831–1902)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Web. 25 July 2017.

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