Hello Kevin Huke,
I read with interest your message about the Hukes of Great Yarmouth. I have an ancestor - Catherine Huke - who was born about 1807 at North Cove in the county of Suffolk.
As you may know Suffolk is the next county down from Norfolk and although Yarmouth is I suppose about 12 miles due north from North Cove, there may be a connection.
Nothing is know about this lady Catherine Huke, apart from the fact that she married my mother's ancestor James Baxter. The Baxter's were a North Cove family (we think originally with a Scottish connection - Baxter is a part of the MacMillan clan). It is said however that the name Huke originates in Holland which would seem appropriate as these East Anglian counties are on the North Sea coast of England facing Holland.
I have a (supposed) portrait of Catherine Huke dressed as a fisherwoman. I would guess that it was painted when she was in her mid/late twenties. However there is no provenance with the painting so I am going on family information.
I think the reason that she is painted as a fisherwoman has probably more to do with the romantic ideals of the artist than her situation. The Baxter family were quite well educated (or at least some of them were) so I would think that to have a painting done of one of the household would imply some status - especially if she is related to your relative and a family of physicians.
Hope that this may be interest.
Tom Carpenter - UK
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