Thursday, 28 July 2016

'Mrs Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes From Regency Life 1812-1823'

By Rosemary Jewers

'Mrs Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes From Regency Life 1812-1823', is a book based on delightful paintings by Diana Sperling. The paintings were produced from her sketchbook. Henry Grace Sperling who married Mary the daughter of Joseph Wilson is shown in one of the paintings. Diana and her family lived at Dynes Hall, near Halstead in Essex. Although the book was printed in 1981, I managed to buy a second-hand copy.

The Sperlings and Wilsons were related to the Breretons by marriage. Joseph Wilson and Mary Maitland of Hibury Hill, Middlesex had two daughters, Mary and Frances. Mary married Henry Grace Sperling and Frances married Rev. Charles David Brereton of Little Massingham, Norfolk.

Henry Grace Sperling and Mary Wilson had a son, Henry Grace Wilson Sperling who married his cousin Anna Margaretta Brereton, daughter of Charles and Frances Brereton.

Notes: Charles David Brereton was born at Brinton, Norfolk. He was the son of John Brereton and Anna Margaretta Lloyd.