A reader, Emily Smith, has posted a fascinating comment on my post about Jane Gomeldon
When researching the short but interesting life of Sydney Parkinson, draftsman on board Cook's Endeavour, I discovered to my amazement that he had a much loved cousin, Jane Gomeldon, who was not just a (kind of) poet, but a flamboyant feminist, too.
To repeat the nitty-gritty:
Born Middleton, Jane was a Quaker, born in Newcastle to a family of Quaker glassmakers, and because of this background was unusually well educated for a woman of that time. Unfortunately, however, she fell in love with a cad at a very young age, and had the bad judgment to marry him. This was Francis Gomeldon, an officer in a Regiment of Foot.
Emily pointed me to the British Museum, which holds a portrait of Jane, and also a mezzotint of the portrait. The mezzo is reprinted above -- next to the famous self-portrait of Sydney.
The family resemblance is truly remarkable.