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New portrait in the museum

20 June 2019

You might have noticed a new portrait on the wall at the back of the museum? - just opposite the entrance to Gallery 3..

This is Kingsman Baskett St Barbe who was born in 1752. He was the younger brother of Charles St Barbe of Lymington, who was involved in the salt trade. In the portrait, Kingsman is dressed as a naval lieutenant. As he died in 1837, he is likely to have been involved in the wars against revolutionary France which are the topic of our summer exhibition.

We are borrowing him for three months from a descendent of the St Barbe family who has also loaned us part of her archive on the Romsey St Barbes. We will start looking through this to see if we can learn any more about the Lymington branch of the family.

New portrait in the museum

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