1934 - 2007

As Josephine Maria Jane Bernard, she was born at Westminster, London on 27 June 1934, daughter of Morogh Wyndham Percy Bernard (1902-1977) and his wife Hon. Diana Pearl Dundas, daughter of the 7th Viscount Melville. She married at Kensington, London on 28 November 1953, Ian, 2nd Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1924-2013), who succeeded to the peerage on his father's death in 1988 and they had an only daughter, the Hon. Roxane Balfour (born 1955) and the Balfour peerage became extinct in 2013. Maria studied privately in Great Britain and in America but was a self-taught painter, painting under the name of Maria Balfour. A member and exhibitor at the Free Painters and Sculptors also exhibiting with Chelsea Art Society, Kensington and Chelsea Artists and at the Paris Salon and the Gallerie Internationale, New York, with solo exhibitions at the Medici Gallery and Loggia gallery. She worked from their home at 4 Marsh End, Ferry Road, Walberswick, Suffolk from the early 1980s. She died at Walberswick on 29 July 2007.

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