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Image of Sponne shield
St Lawrence Church, Towcester

T. Trotter's coloured engraving of the Fermor Monument 1802

Image of Trotter's coloured engraving

Trotter's inscription at bottom:

"MONUMENT of HIEROM FARMORE and JANE his Wife with their PORTRAITS enlarged TOWCESTER Northamptonshire. This Monument tho too much incumbred with colours, and varying at the same time from the true proportion of the Corinthian, yet the general composition forms a beautiful whole; the peculiarity of the blue hair in all probability was the fashion of the times, it is by no means unique tho perhaps seldom met with in Monumental representation; the Artist was told many years ago by a very elderly Lady whoes veracity he could depend upon, that in the reign of George 1st. the Heads of the Beaus and the Belles were ornamented with Smalt instead of Merchette and to be powdered with blue was not less common than it now is to be powdered with brown; From the Name this is one of the early branches of the Pomfret family the Portraits consequently are interesting and are enlarged as being worthy of preservation. And are done in imitation of the mode of Painting prevalent at the periood in which they lived."