Diana Sperling, Artist

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Diana Sperling

Birthplace: Great Maplestead, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 11, 1862 (70)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Sperling and Harriet Rochfort
Wife of Frederick Luard Wollaston
Sister of Harriet Sperling; Isabella Sperling; Henry John Sperling and Charles Robert Sperling
Half sister of John Thomas Kilpatrick

Occupation: Di became famous for her watercolours in the book 'Mrs Heast dancing'
Managed by: Stephen Bruce Rae
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About Diana Sperling, Artist

Diana Sperling

sourced from http://www.regrom.com/2017/05/18/regency-women-of-character-diana-sperling/

(Di to family) was born in 1791 and lived, until her marriage in 1834, with her parents and siblings at Dynes Hall near Halstead (Essex). Her whimsical, often comical, watercolors depict the lighter side of Regency life and show her obvious affection and humor for her subjects, many of whom were her siblings and friends.

72 of her watercolors are included in the book Mrs. Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes from Regency Life 1812-1823 (1982-12-03) (click on the book cover to be whisked away to get one of your very own) with Sperling’s own captions explaining the slice of life she has captured.

The book also includes a forward which gives additional biographical context for Sperling’s work. Wealthy from the fur trade, the family is actively involved in tasks around their estate and seems to relish the provincial life removed from Town.

Sperling was not a professional artist, but produced a variety of works until her marriage which are still fetching estimable prices at auction today. She married at the age of 43 to Fred Luard Wollaston of Pimlico and lived until the age of 71

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Diana Sperling, Artist's Timeline

December 24, 1791
Great Maplestead, Essex, England, United Kingdom
November 11, 1862
Age 70