Jane Fernie

Natural History and Asian art collector

Jane Fernie lived at Raby Hall, Bromborough, on the Wirral, in the Northwest of England. She travelled extensively across Asia and also to South America (1934) and Africa (1927), where she collected taxidermy specimens and Asian objects, which she displayed in her home (see additional photograph). She never married. Her father was David Fernie, the owner of the Fernie Brothers Shipping company, a tramping firm. She was the sister of Lady Cashie Bell, the wife of Sir Charles Bell, the Tibetan diplomat.

She visited Bell and Cashie at Sikkim in 1912-3, she is mentioned in Bell's diaries and several colour photographs used by Bell in his Tibetan books are credited to her. She also travelled with her sister Cashie and Charles Bell to China on a tour of the area in 1934 -35. Bell gave Fernie an important Tibetan Minister's robe which was loaned for the Tibet exhibition of 1953 held at the Walker Art Gallery and is now in the museum's collection. Her collection was bequeathed to the museum in 1971. Written by Emma Martin.
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    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Wirral
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