Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Its very irritating that as far as I know there are no images of Bessie Burden or Jane and Bessie's mother who is usually described as a local peasant. The point is Jane was (before she became rich) noted as looking like a Gypsy and her un-conventional clothes and love of big beads and flashy jewellery were often noted. (on honeymoon in France with William people pointed at her) Was their some Gypsy blood ? Franny Moyle quotes Jane (not sure from where) as saying as a young adult she was picking violets on the Iffley Road to sell in the evenings. Bessie was said to be good looking but doesn't seem to have married or been sketched or photographed. Pity.