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This is a treatment of my great-grandmother, Lucia, who died in 1906 when she was in her 40s. There is some mystery about how she died. My mother used to imagine that Lucia had had a riding accident since she found the idea so romantic. I obtained Lucia’s death certificate from Somerset House but the writing is too spidery to transcribe and be certain of the cause. The picture is a charming hand-tinted photograph, which I have been lucky enough to inherit.

The original photographer was Martin Jacolette (1850-1907) whose studios in London were at Queen’s Gate Hall in Harrington Road, South Kensington. Lucia would have posed for the portrait in the very late 1890s or early 1900s.

Read more about Lucia here

I used my own textures and backgrounds alongside one from The Graphics Fairy and one from Deviant Art.


I am a freelance actress, artist and writer who has always loved creating art of one form or another. Thank you for all comments and forgive me if health problems prevent me from always replying.


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  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully done and told…..so elegant!!

  • Thank you, Lynda. You’ve made my day!

    – Sarah Vernon

    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Very glad you like it, JustArt! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

    – Sarah Vernon

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • Bless your heart for featuring Lucia.

    – Sarah Vernon

  • Eileen Brymer
    Eileen Brymerabout 3 years ago

    How fabulous, but probably frustrating too not to be able to read the certificate. I’d love to be able to get some info on ancestors but there is so much controversy about who my family is, I’ll never know for real what’s what. I love these old photos and this is one of the best ones I’ve seen. Good work!

  • Thank you so much for your comments, Eileen. Yes, it’s very frustrating! And how frustrating for you not to be able to get details on your family. I have almost an excess of information and wish I could give some to you to appropriate!!

    – Sarah Vernon

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 3 years ago

    Your stunning work is Featured this week in Beautiful Blends! (Please see our Permanent Feature Page)

    Congratulations, Tilly!

  • What a treat – thank you so much, Nadya.

    – Sarah Vernon

  • Itaya
    Itayaabout 3 years ago

    Oh my! What a lovely and intriguing lady and photo! Love how you’ve dressed it all up in wonderful layers. Well done and I’m sure she’d be proud. :)

  • What lovely comments – bless your heart!

    – Sarah Vernon

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 3 years ago

    you are indeed lucky to have this, and your work is beautiful

  • Thank you, Tori. It was almost a sin to play around with her but I couldn’t resist!

    – Sarah Vernon

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 3 years ago

    ciao Tilly…Lavoro wonderfull, affascinante…Guenda

  • Grazie mille, Guendalyn!

    – Sarah Vernon

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughabout 3 years ago

    SO beautiful; elegantly delivered.

  • Lovely to have your endorsement, Josephine – thank you!

    – Sarah Vernon

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