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Portrait miniature - Portrait of Harriet de Wint, wife of Peter de Wint, the landscape painter
  • Portrait of Harriet de Wint, wife of Peter de Wint, the landscape painter
    Chalon, Alfred Edward, born 1780 - died 1860
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Portrait of Harriet de Wint, wife of Peter de Wint, the landscape painter

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1828-1830 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chalon, Alfred Edward, born 1780 - died 1860 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the R. H. Stephenson Bequest

  • Museum number:

    P.43-1942

  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 14

This portrait is a beautiful example of Chalon's elegant style, characterised by soft evanescent washes evoking the fluttering of drapery lit by strong sunlight. Chalon, unlike many of his contemporaries, seemed to relish the somewhat elaborate mode of dress of the 1830s. Indeed one writer has noted that ‘at times there is a smack of the milliner’s assistant about his love of ribbons and trimmings and early Victorian dress’. Certainly, the highlight of Mrs de Wint's portrait is her hat, black trimmed with feathers and lace.

Harriet, the wife of the famous landscape artist Peter de Wint, met her husband through her brother, William Hilton, de Wint's best friend. Harriet's memoirs reveal her devotion to both brother and husband. Her own life was given over to supporting and promoting her husband: ‘A woman of great natural ability and very considerable culture, there is no doubt that her husband owed much of his success to her great social qualities and charming manners.’ Certainly Chalon's dashing portrait is of a woman set to impress, perhaps at some smart private event.

Physical description

Portrait of a lady, rectangular with the corners obscured by the frame. She is wearing a frilly pink dress and a very large black hat with black feathers and a long black lace veil falling over one shoulder.

Place of Origin

England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1828-1830 (painted)

Artist/maker

Chalon, Alfred Edward, born 1780 - died 1860 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions

Height: 103 mm, Width: 83 mm

Descriptive line

Watercolour on ivory portrait miniature of Harriet de Wint, wife of Peter de Wint the landscape painter, by Alfred Edward Chalon R.A. Great Britain, c. 1820-25.

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

John Lord, ed. Peter DeWint: 'For the common observer of life and nature Lund Humphries, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-9539238-6-I (pbk)
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1942, London: HMSO, 1955.

Materials

Watercolour; Ivory

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Portrait; Hat

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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