Four Rare and Superb English Armorial Reverse Glass Paintings
Four Rare and Superb English Armorial Reverse Glass Paintings

Four Rare and Superb English Armorial Reverse Glass Paintings

1700 to 1800 England

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Four Rare and Superb English Armorial Reverse Glass Paintings . The Latin motto ‘Si Sit Prudentia’ under the shield
Circa 1780

Size : 37 cm high , 31 cm wide – 14½ ins high , 12¼ ins wide
Provenance : Ex London Private collection
These sumptuous oval armorial glass paintings were used as marvellous ostentatious coaching panels . At the end of the 18 th century , and in the early 19 th century , the arms of a Peer of the realm were frequently depicted upon a 'mantle' that is his parliamentary robe of estate . The possession of which was a matter of privilege and to be shown off in the emblazonment of arms on carriage panels . In this period , almost all the painted armorials executed for carriages , chariots and state coaches for Peers , were shown upon the background of the mantle . Its use became universal .
Many of the now famous 18 th century academic artists began their careers as painter / craftsmen whose stock in trade included painting the coats of arms on carriages . Charles Catton R.A ( 1728 - 1798 ) is listed 'in early life a coach and sign painter' and John Baker R.A ( 1731 - 1771 ) 'a famous flower-painter , decorated coach panels with borders and wreaths of flowers' . Both Thomas Wright of Liverpool and Richard Smirke R.A ( 1778 - 1815 ) began their careers apprenticed to sign and coach painters . It is reasonable to say therefore that these panels are indeed works of art .
Dimensions
Height 37.00 cm (14.57 inches)
Width 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Medium
Reverse Glass Paintings
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