A POCKET-SIZED painting of a woman who was part of one of the region’s most famous families is to go to auction.
The 19th century miniature portrait is of Elizabeth Anne Burdon (née Hale), who was married to John Burdon of the Castle Eden Estate.
Created in the days before photography, it is thought to have belonged to a member of her family who took it with them on their travels.
It has a guide price of between £150 and £250 and will be among the first lots to go under the hammer on Tuesday when Anderson and Garland holds its quarterly fine arts and antiques sale.
Steven Moore, is a senior specialist at the Newcastle auction house, which has been given the piece to sell after the miniature’s previous owner died.
Mr Moore, who is an expert with the BBC’s Antique Roadshow, said: “It’s a portrait miniature, which, before photo existed, people had of their loved ones in cases or boxes which they could then take out and gaze at.
“They were the things that people could afford if they were not poor and possibly belonged to another member of the Burdon family.
“Elizabeth was born in 1815, so I think this has got to be from between 1830 and 1840.
“It is a particularly lovely painting, although portraits of men and soldiers tend to sell better than those of women.
“I am sure it will find a buyer. It’s an interesting piece.”
The portrait carries the inscription: “Elizabeth Anne, wife of John Burdon, rector of the English Bicknor, in Gloucestershire, of the Castle, Castle Eden, Co Durham. Born 13th April, 1815, married 13th Feb 1847, died 1877.
“Mrs Burdon was daughter of Henry Hale, second son of General John Hale of the 17th Lancers.”
The watercolour is unsigned.
The oval image is in a glazed leather case, which measures 10cm by 9cm and is lined with velvet.
Elizabeth Burdon and her reverend husband were the parents of Colonel Rowland Burdon, who was an Oxford graduate who went on to become a magistrate, High Sheriff and MP for Sedgefield.
The auction will start at 10.30am on Tuesday and continue on Wednesday, with 1,100 lots up for sale.
More details can be found at www.andersonandgarland.com.