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Tagged With: Joseph Hanshew

Pictures from America

With the release of the film Lincoln I thought I might explore Joseph Hanshew’s Civil War history.  In my tin boxes I have two images I associate with this period in his life. The first, this photocard of General Philip Kearney taken just before his death, is from a gallery on Broadway and is one … Continue reading »

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A Society Wedding?

One of the first facts I discovered about Joseph Hanshew was that he had married Maria Emily Bird at St George’s Church Hanover Square in 1847. St George’s is the parish church of Mayfair and sits between Oxford Street and Regent Street.  Built between 1721-1724 to designs by John James (one of Sir Christopher Wren’s … Continue reading »

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The Wingfield Connection Part 4 – The Resolution

In my last post I wondered why these relics that seem only to pertain to the Wingfield family have ended up in my possession.  This is my belief as to why and how this happened. The links between the families have been strong in the past and the 1881 census describes Sarah Brittain (Hanshew) as … Continue reading »

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The Painting in the Front Room

In the front room of the house where I grew up were five faded, sun-spotted watercolours signed by Joseph Hanshew. My mother told me was that he was a distant uncle who travelled to America to be a war artist with the Union Army and these pictures had been brought back when he returned home … Continue reading »

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