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Oil painting - Devotion
  • Devotion
    Carpenter, Margaret Sarah, born 1793 - died 1872
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  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1821 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carpenter, Margaret Sarah, born 1793 - died 1872 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canavs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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).

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.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


1821 (painted)


Carpenter, Margaret Sarah, born 1793 - died 1872 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canavs

Marks and inscriptions

Margaret Carpenter/1821
bottom right


Height: 76.2 cm estimate, Width: 63.5 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

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.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 22


Oil; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Habit; Crucifix


Paintings; Christianity


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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