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Signed and dated "H. Pickering pinxt 1756" (H .Pickering painted this 1756).
An excellent, sensitive portrait of a gentleman, probably a doctor, as a frontispiece portrait engraving from a book is visible behind the sitter. It is appears to be from a volume on The History of Medicine, published in Amsterdam in !708. The implication is that the sitter was a member of the medical profession who had studied in the Low countries.
Other leatherbound volumes line the shelves in the background of what seems to be his study.
HENRY PICKERING c.1720-1771.
At his best, as here, he is hardly to be distinguished from Thomas Hudson. Pickering's earliest known portrait is dateable to 1740. Vertue states that in 1745 Pickering returned from a trip to Italy and that he on occasion worked with Joseph Van Aken the drapery painter, as did Hudson.
He was working in London circa 1746, but also appears to have had a good following in the North Midlands. He seems to have moved about between Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales, all of which districts provided him with sitters. In 1759 he was living in Manchester, possibly in Deansgate and appears to have been there at his death. His dated works range from 1740 to 1770. His will (dated 1759) requested that his pictures 'may be finish'd by the Best Drapery Painter and then delivered to the Gentrey (sic) who have favoured me with their commands...
|External Height||56.75 inch||(144.14 cm)|
|External Width||46.25 inch||(117.47 cm)|