Mary Anne Musgrave, née Heaphy (British, active c.1821-c.1847) 19th century portrait of two children with a peacock. Watercolour on paper 15.5” (39cm) tondo. Mounted in a glazed, gilt wood frame with decorative carvings.
Inscribed on mount/mat “Mrs Musgrave / nee Heaphy Del”.
Label verso identifying the sitters as Henry John Lowndes Graham and Anna Matilda Graham (1843-1881). Henry John Lowndes Graham KCB (1842-1930) became a noted Scottish public servant. If these identifications are correct, this would be one of the artist’s latest known paintings. However, it may be relevant that Anna’s mother (born c.1813) had the same name.
Frame: Height: 27.75in (70.5cm) Width: 24in (61cm)
Sight (visible painting): Height: 15.5in (39cm) Width: 15.5in (39cm)
The painting is very slightly faded but less than might be expected and is generally in very good condition. The frame bears a label for J & W Vokins/Carvers, Gilders etc/By Appointment to/HRH The Prince of Wales/14 & 16 Great Portland Street/London. John & William Vokins were trading from this address 1859-1896. The mouldings show evidence of repair and there may be some minor losses, since retouched, but it is of the period and highly complementary to the painting.
Mary Anne Heaphy was born to a talented artistic family, her father the highly celebrated miniaturist Thomas Heaphy and her younger sister, also greatly esteemed, the miniaturist Elisabeth Heaphy, later Murray (m).
Between the years in which she flourished (1821-1847) Mary Anne Heaphy exhibited a number of her paintings at the Royal Academy, London, using her married name of Musgrave following her wedding in1832 (or 1833) to William Thomas Musgrave, himself also a portrait painter.
After 1847, records show the Musgraves living at 32 Royal Circus, Edinburgh.
Works by this artist are scarce, and are included in the well renowned Daphne Foskett’s ‘Miniatures: Dictionary and Guide’, the discerning author praising the skill of the artist’s portrait pieces.
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Mary Anne Musgrave, née Heaphy (British, active c.1821-c.1847) 19th century portrait of two children with a peacock.
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