Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)

THOMAS BARBER Also known as BARBER OF NOTTINGHAM (1768-1843)

Portrait of Anne, Lady Wigram (1794-1844)

c. 1818 England

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An exquisite portrait of Anne Wigram wearing a pink dress and pink flowers in her hair. Highly decorative, as much attention is paid to the apparel as the facial features. The fabrics and the flesh are defined with lightness and dexterity. The style and influence of Thomas Lawrence whom the artist trained under is evident and the clear fresh palette, bright eyes, and rendering are beautiful.

Ann was the younger daughter of the richest British man from the bourgeoisie at the time, Richard Arkwright Jr. of Willersley Castle, Derbyshire (1775-1843). Her grandfather, Sir Richard Arkwright of Preston (1732-1792) was the first of the 'cotton kings' and one of the giants of the Industrial Revolution. He patented the water frame, a roller-spinning machine powered by water, that turned textile spinning into a factory industry and in so doing he developed a major industrial empire. He is acknowledged as the founder of the modern factory system. Anne’s father, Richard Jr. further developed the factory system and became immensely wealthy. When he died his vast fortune amounted to over three million pounds.

Anne married the Rt. Hon. Sir James Wigram (1791-1844), Vice-Chancellor in the Court of Chancery (1841-1850). Sir James was the third son of Sir Robert Wigram, 1st Baronet. He was educated privately and at Trinity College, Cambridge and he was later admitted a student of Lincoln's Inn in 1813 and was called to the bar there in 1819. He was an MP for Leominster and was also Vice-Chancellor of England.

The present portrait of Anne is a pendant to that of her husband, which we also have for sale at the time of writing. It is likely that the pair of portraits were commissioned to celebrate the couple’s wedding in 1818.

A portrait of two boys by Thomas Barber was sold at Sotheby’s, New York 24th January 2002, lot 35, for $52,000.

In the original good quality frame.
Very good
Descended from the sitter through the family when sold at Sotheby's, London, 10th November, 1993 (see catalogue images)
Dimensions
External Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
External Width 87.00 cm (34.25 inches)
External Depth 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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