Recently I have commissioned a few sketches depicting moments in time from my family history.
Below is a sketch by artist Vera Veltri
This is an imagined posthumous sketch of Lydia Mumford (3x great-grandmother) saying goodbye to her children Arthur and Mary Ann (2x great-grandmother). The children were born illegitimately in the 1850’s and are likely to have been fathered by Charles Grey, who abandoned the family shortly before he married another woman. This time in Lydia’s life must have been extremely traumatic, she had no money, home and unable to provide for her children. She turned to Bocking Workhouse as a last refuge and left her children in their care. It would be the last time she saw Arthur alive, as he sadly died shortly after.
It’s certainly a thought-provoking image and a sad truth off what life was like for the unfortunate souls of Victorian England.
I relate to Lydia and Mary Ann through my paternal family tree ‘The Janes Family’ of Maldon, Essex.