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circle of Jonathan Richardson the Elder, Unknown Woman (? Mary Hawkins)

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Trewithen
Title(s)
Unknown Woman (? Mary Hawkins)
Date
c.1730
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 74 cm, Overall width: 61 cm
Artist
circle of Jonathan Richardson the Elder (1667-1745)
Catalogue Number
TN27

Description

There has in the past been some confusion over the identities of TN27 and TN28, which appear to be pendant portraits, by the same artist, in matching Rococo pierced frames. From the dress of the sitters and painting style, the portraits can be dated to around 1730. They therefore cannot be identified as Thomas Hawkins (d. 1716) and his wife Anne, as has been previously suggested. Since it is probable that the pendant portrait (TN28) is of Christopher Hawkins (1694–1767), it is possible that the present portrait is of his wife, Mary (1694–1780), daughter of Philip Hawkins I of Pennance. Her portrait, at the age of nineteen, by Gandy (TN63), and another taken in middle age (TN54), are also at Trewithen. A comparison, however, between the present portrait and TN63 suggests that they may not be the same sitter – even allowing for the age difference.

The inventory of March 1928, when the picture was recorded in the Dining Room, states, ‘Companion picture of Ann, wife of the above [TN28], dark hair, cerise décolleté bodice, 30in by 24in’.

by Emily Burns

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