Edith May Dempster, Mrs Frank Pretty (1883-1942)
Cor Visser (1903 - 1982)
After centuries of abuse from grave robbers and ploughing, Mrs Pretty saw the Sutton Hoo mounds daily from her sitting room window. Intrigued, she commissioned local archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate them. The resulting discoveries shone a bright light on the 'Dark Ages'. Her gift of the treasure to the British Museum was one of the most valuable ever made to the museum.
Oil painting on canvas, Edith May Dempster, Mrs Frank Pretty (1883-1942). Cor Visser. A head-and-shoulders portrait, the owner and discoverer of Sutton Hoo. Companion to the portrait of her son Robert.
Given to the National Trust by David Pretty, 2006.
Makers and roles
Cor Visser (1903 - 1982), artist