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Devotion

Oil Painting
1821 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The figure in this painting has traditionally been called St Francis. It appears to have been drawn from a model, who was identified in the Art Journal, orbituary as the miniature painter Anthony Stewart (1773-1846). It may be compared with the 1812 portrait of him by Andrew Gedddes, now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and also with his miniature self portait in the V&A, Museum Number: P.2-1967.

Margaret Sarah Carpenter was a very popular portrait painter. Her husband's obituarist (William Hookham Carpenter) wrote that she 'would certainly have been a Royal Academician but for her sex' (Gentleman's Magazine September 1866, p410).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleDevotion: St Francis, A Study of the Head of Anthony Stewart (1773-1846) Miniature Painter
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canavs
Brief Description
Oil on canvas entitled ‘Devotion - St. Francis’ (a life-size study of the head of Anthony Stewart 1773-1846, the miniature painter), by Margaret Sarah Carpenter. Great Britain, 1821.
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, showing a man, half length in a habit, seated at a table/altar and holding a crucifix in his right hand.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 76.2cm
  • Estimate width: 63.5cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Marks and Inscriptions
Margaret Carpenter/1821 (bottom right)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Summary
The figure in this painting has traditionally been called St Francis. It appears to have been drawn from a model, who was identified in the Art Journal, orbituary as the miniature painter Anthony Stewart (1773-1846). It may be compared with the 1812 portrait of him by Andrew Gedddes, now in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and also with his miniature self portait in the V&A, Museum Number: P.2-1967.



Margaret Sarah Carpenter was a very popular portrait painter. Her husband's obituarist (William Hookham Carpenter) wrote that she 'would certainly have been a Royal Academician but for her sex' (Gentleman's Magazine September 1866, p410).
Bibliographic Reference
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 22
Collection
Accession Number
FA.17[O]

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record createdApril 11, 2006
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