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Tamsin Blight, the White Witch of Helston, William Jones Chapman (1808-1872)

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Tamsin Blight, the White Witch of Helston, William Jones Chapman (1808-1872)

Oil on canvas, English School, 1856. A portrait of an elderly woman wearing a bonnet and shawl, seated in a chair. Thomasine Blight (1793-1856), known locally as Tammy Blee, was the best remembered of the pellars or witches of West Cornwall. Sometimes known as a cunning-person or conjurer, she was thought to perform only good deeds, notably the removal of curses of black witches and numerous cures. Even when she was on her death bed people were carried in to see her, some on stretchers. It was said that the sick lay beside her only to rise up and go down over the stairs perfectly cured. She was also known as a fortune teller. Tammys second husband, James Thomas, had similar occult powers and there was considerable rivalry between them. W.J. Chapman was a Cornish portrait painter who was active between 1840-1860. This portrait was painted in the year of Blights death in 1856

TRURI : 1935.2

Media ID 19243518

© RIC

Artist Artwork Black Blue Cornwall Face Green Grey Head Lady Painting Pink Portrait White Woman Yellow


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