Mrs Arabella Hunt, Playing a Lute, by Godfrey Kneller
Arabella was courted by the young man James, and they married in 1680. Arabella increasingly realized that James ‘went under the suspition of one of a double gender’, that she was also Amy Poulter, née Gomelson, and was married to one Arthur Poulter, who had died only recently.
Arabella appealled for an annullment on the ground that her husband was a hermaphrodite. However in 1682 five midwives examined Amy Poulter and found her to be a ‘perfect woman in all her parts". The marriage was annulled but neither partner ever re-married. Howard died shortly afterwards.
- Valerie Traub. The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England. Cambridge University Press, 2002:49.
- "Arabella Hunt". Mss Brilliant Mistake: Being a Smattering of Text, Images, and Sound Devoted to Notable Women Composers & Musicians. http://elysemoore.net/brilliant_mistake/arabella.hunt.php.