1893 text

Jane, daughter to Sir Robert Needham, is frequently mentioned in the “Grammont Memoirs,” and Evelyn calls her “that famous and indeed incomparable beauty” (“Diary,” August 2nd, 1683). Her portrait is in the Royal Collection amongst the beauties of Charles II.’s Court. Sir Robert Needham was related to John Evelyn.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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JWB  •  Link

Sorry, the preview above @ Google Books has been taken down.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

On CGS' site, you need to sort by JANE NEEDHAM, not Mrs. Myddleton.

Anyone know who Mr, Myddleton was?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Jane Myddelton or Middleton (1645–1692), name before marriage Jane Needham, was a reputed English beauty of the Restoration period, one of the Windsor Beauties. Thomas Seccombe in the Dictionary of National Biography described celebrated portraits as "representing a soft and slightly torpid type of blonde loveliness, with voluptuous figure, full lips, auburn hair, and dark hazel eyes". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Myddelton

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