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Selina Weetch


Selina Weetch

Selina Weetch wife of John William North ARA RWS

On 19th February, 1884 North was married to the 21-year- old Selina Weetch at Bicknoller Church in Somerset. Selina was the daughter of Abraham Weetch a local farmer. The couple moved into Beggearn Huish House in Nettlecombe rented (according to Berta Lawrence) from the Wyndham family. In this comfortable sandstone house with its stables and orchards, they cared for North’s widowed father and brought up six children, two other children having died in infancy. It was while he lived here that Herkomer came to study North’s watercolour technique completing small watercolour portraits of North and Macbeth (who lived a few miles off at Bilbrook on the Road to Minehead). Selina herself died in 1898. It seems as though, at this time North may have made at least one further trip to Algeria. As a widower North lived first at Newlands House at Bilbrook, where Robert Macbeth had a house and then, from 1904 to 1914, at Withycombe.

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