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PORTRAIT OF A LADY
READING A SHEET OF MUSIC
THOUGHT TO BE MARGARET (PEG) WOOFINGTON
JOHN GILES ECCARD(T)
Flourished c.1720 -1779
Oil on canvas 29 ½ x 24 ¾ inches
Framed size 36 x 31 ½ inches
Eccard was born in Germany.
He became an assistant to Jean Baptiste Van Loo, the well- known portrait painter, and travelled with him to London in 1737. Eccard continued to be his assistant until 1742 when Van Loo left England.
Eccard then set up on his own painting portraits in the style of Van Loo, this proved to be quite successful. These portraits were of small scale, 15 x 12 inches in size.
He painted a series of 26 portraits for Horace Walpole from 1746 to 1754.
Eccard exhibited 2 paintings at the Society of Artists of Great Britain, one in 1761 and 1768.
In 1770 he sold his studio and retired to Chelsea.
He died in October 1779 and left his son, Jacob £2,000 and his daughter the leasehold house.
Works Represented: National Portrait London
Bibl: Portrait Painters – B. Stewart & M. Cutten
18th Century Painters – Ellis Waterhouse
Margaret (Peg) Woffington was one of the most famous actresses of her time. She was born into poor circumstances, and a letter written by Edmund Burke described her as ‘of low origin… but talents and nature often avenge themselves on fortune’.
Her career on the stage began when she played Macbeth in a version of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. In 1742 she combined with David Garrick to play Cordelia to his Lear. They began a passionate relationship and shared lodgings near Covent Garden. She ended her life having succeeded in developing an outstanding reputation combined with an unparalleled repertory and great wealth.
|Height||29.50 inch||(74.93 cm)|
|Width||24.75 inch||(62.86 cm)|
|External Height||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|External Width||31.50 inch||(80.01 cm)|
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