Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)
Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)

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

Portrait of The Rt Hon Sir James Wigram, Vice Chancellor (1793-1866)

c. 1818 England

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The sitter was the third son of Sir Robert Wigram, 1st Bt. of Wexford. He was a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge and became Tory MP to Leominster in 1841. He was a member of Lincoln's Inn, and from 1841-1850 he was Vice-Chancellor in the Court of Chancery. He was knighted in 1842 and in 1818, he married Anne, younger daughter of Richard Arkwright Jr. (1775-1843) of Willersley Castle, Derbyshire who was the richest British man from the bourgeoisie at the time (when he died his vast fortune amounted to over three million pounds). 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. Richard Jr. further developed the factory system and became immensely wealthy.

There is a virtuoso handling of the white fabric, evident of the artist’s influence by Thomas Lawrence, whom he trained under. The flesh tones, the clear fresh pallet, and the cherry lips help to create an attractive image. The artist also paid attention to detail and realism, note the subtle gleam in the eyes. This is a good example of the artist’s work.

The present portrait of Sir James is a pendant to that of his wife, 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.
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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