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Mrs Blaine is possibly a distant relation. Married to Mr Delabere Roberton Blaine (1807 to 1871), a lawyer/barrister at law, Mrs Blaine was able to indulge her passion for amateur art. The couple travelled widely in Europe and the Middle East and these journals represent a small fraction of her artistic output of paintings and sketches.

They had no children, and his will left the bulk of the estate one of things' great-great-grandfathers (a Captain George Crozier-Cole, 1814 to 1903) ranging from a house in St James' Square down to Mrs Blaine's last paint rag. Our grandfather used to use a small Egyptian cat statue, probably plundered from a tomb sometime in the C19, as a radiator mascot on his Jowett Javelin.

Mr Delabere Roberton Blaine, died December 1871, aged 64, in Kensington. Mrs Mary Anne M Blaine, on 1861 census, living with husband in Paddington, aged 52. Died in June 1881, aged 71, in Kensington. The 1861 census entry says she was born in Canada, probably on Prince Edward Island.