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If the girl is Florence Smyth (born 1634, the second daughter of Thomas and Florence Smyth, nee Poulett) although this cannot yet be proved, this is a very early and important image of a black presence in Bristol. Further research is currently being undertaken to establish the identities of the sitters.
The Red Lodge Museum
Supposed Portrait of Florence Smyth (b.1634), and an Unnamed Black Attendant
oil on canvas
H 66 x W 58.5 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund, the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, the Peter John Blyth Art Fund and the Friends of Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives, 2008