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Colchester Historeum

Cabinet Card

Accession number: 87_81_1
Date: 1865 – 1910
Measurements: 6.5 in L x 4 in W

Bessie Dickie Kent (Mrs. Hedley V. Kent) Truro. Photographed by Edinburgh Moffat.
Mrs. Bessie Kent is shown in an exquisite gown of the period. It could be a wedding gown. The wife of Dr. Hedley V. Kent, Bessie Kent was prominent in community activities such as the Literary Club, the Colchester Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and the Local Council of Women. In her hands she carries a fan, which would have been used not only to cool, but as an aid to conversational gestures of punctuation, mock admonition, emphasis, or perhaps flirtation.