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Miss Kent

by Ruth Gatenby

Portrait of Miss Kent - dated 1985

Portrait of Miss Kent - dated 1985

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The Museum is fortunate to have been given this picture of well-known Louth character, Miss Kent. It is an oil painting by local artist Elaine Drewery, dated 1985, and as Miss Kent died in 1983 it must have been painted posthumously.

Born in Lincoln in 1893, Mary Kent became a teacher, and her career included a spell as Governess in the Royal household of Spain. Her later years were very different - she lived a reclusive existence in a caravan up the London Road. An eccentric character she shouted at cars and hurled buckets of water at passing lorries.

[In 2019 we came to realise that the painting we have in the museum is probably a copy of Elaine Drewery's painting, not the original]