Ridley sculpt., Early 1800s
The engraving shows George Darby Dermott, engraved for the Methodist Magazine aged 42.
Dermott was a surgeon in Wellingborough who was converted through the efforts of of the Methodist dressmaker, Martha Tomkins of Northampton. She visited the town in the mid 1780s and broke an arm there. Dermott treated Martha Tomkins and he, his family and many others in the town were influenced by her and converted to Methodism. Dermott became a local preacher and, soon after, he gave up his medical practice to become an itinerant minister (1792).