Death of Sarah BIFFIN, minature painter, 1850

Liverpool Journal, Oct 12th 1850

Death of Miss BIFFIN

On Wednesday week Miss Sarah BIFFIN the celebrated minature painter, who was born without hands or arms, died at her lodgings in Duke St, in this town at the age of 66. She was born at East Quantoxhead, near, Bridgewater, Somerset in 1784. She manifested in early life the talent of drawing and painting, which she afterwards cultivated to so extra-ordinary and extent. The late Earl of MORTON became acquainted with her and so much interested in her that he caused her to be further instructed by Mr CRAIG a gentleman of great eminence in his profession as a minature painter. For many years she supported herself by minature painting, but after the death of her noble benefactor and ever kind friend, the Earl of MORTON, there was no one like him, ready to assist her in obtaining orders for pictures. A few years ago she came to Liverpool where she made an ineffectual attempt to support herself by her own exertions. Our benevolent townsman Mr Richard RATHBONE took a great interest in her welfare, and it was principally by his exertions that a short time ago a small annuity was purchased for her be subscription.

Sarah Biffin was buried at St James cemetery

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