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Name: Miss Ayling
Date: English, late 19th century
Remarks: Descendant of Thomas Ayling, Surgeon in the Royal Navy. After extensive review of newspaper and geneaology databases, there is no way to ascertain their familial connection other than the fact that they share the same last name. See Constituent Record for Thomas Ayling and accession number 2010.055. The date of second half of the 19th century is used for her biography, based on two considerations:1.) the typeset used on her carte de visite, which includes a medial (or long) "s": Mi?s Ayling (in the object file for 2010.055), and 2.) that her account dates the acquisition of the object to 1845, so it would have had to be written after that year.