Picture to be sold

The painting of Elizabeth Anne Burdon

The painting of Elizabeth Anne Burdon

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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.

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 next Tuesday when Anderson and Garland holds its quarterly fine arts and antiques sale.

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.”

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.