A Portrait of James Holmes , manager of the Makeant Cotton Mill to Sir Robert Peel

After SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE PRA (1769-1830)

A Portrait of James Holmes , manager of the Makeant Cotton Mill to Sir Robert Peel

1800 to 1900 England

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A Portrait of James Holmes , manager of the Makeant Cotton Mill to Sir Robert Peel . Oil on canvas after Sir Thomas Lawrence . In gilt wood and gesso frame
Circa 1825

Size : 80 cm high , 68.5 cm wide – 31½ ins high , 27 ins wide
61 cm high , 51 cm wide – 24 ins high high , 20 ins wide ( canvas )
Provenance : The family of James Holmes , by descent to the Heape family , purchased from them in 1969 by Clifford Whittaker , chairman of the textile manufacturers 'David Whitehead Group' , famous for their 1950's 'Festival of Britain' textile designs .
Ex collection Mrs Clifford Whittaker
A gilt plaque on the reverse of the painting states : 'James Holmes : confidential manager to the 'great' Sir Robert Peel , Prime Minister of England , at the 'Makeant Mill ,' Heywood . The mill , which was built for the Peel family in 1780 is shown in the picture . It has since been rebuilt and is now known as Roach Mills . The portrait was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A about 1825 for Sir Robert Peel , who gave it to James Holmes , and from the latters grandson James Jonathan Holmes it came to Richard Heape in 1902 .'
This interesting early 19 th century oil depicts a Lancashire industrial mill manager with a skien of best cotton between his hands , the product of the factory shown in the distant landscape . The painting clearly approving of the trusted employee of the great industrial magnate and brilliant politician of the Tory party Sir Robert Peel .
Dimensions
Height 80.00 cm (31.50 inches)
Width 68.50 cm (26.97 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas ( framed )
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