This delightful painted silhouette dates to the Regency period circa 1810 to 1820, when our sitter was in her forties. The sitter is named as Elizabeth Stacey; Elizabeth Stacey was born in Sheffield, England in 1774 and died on the 5th of September 1863. Elizabeth’s mother was Mary Stacey and her father was a carpenter called John Stacey (died abt 1807). Elizabeth Stacey married Thomas Weldon on the 3rd February 1801 in York, England.
Elizabeth married well as the Weldon’s were a wealthy family; there is a large marble memorial to the Weldon family at St Mary The Virgin Church, Handsworth, Sheffield. Please see our brief history of the family.
Thomas Weldon was born in 1769 and died on the 4th of December 1846. Thomas and Elizabeth lived in Bramley Hall in the parish of Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. They had two children, Mary and William. Their son William Weldon was born in 1806 and died on the 29th of March 1838. He had a child called William Henry Weldon (Sir).
Sir William Henry Weldon, KCVO, FSA (1837–25 August 1919) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Weldon is most unusual among the heralds of the College of Arms for having once been the owner of a circus. He was involved in a long-standing and very public civil suit with his wife, the soprano and celebrated litigant, Georgina Weldon. There is further fascinating information available on line for on these two individuals.
This small silhouette is housed behind glass in its original Georgian stained wood and ribbed frame with ornate gilt roundels adorning each corner.
Measuring: Frame width 3 5/8 inch (9 cm) by height 4 7/8 inch (12.5 cm). Frame depth 0.5 inch (1.2 cm). Aperture width 2.5 inch (6.5 cm) by height 3.5 inch (9 cm).
Condition: Minor surface wear to frame commensurate with age.
This is a quality silhouette in a decorative and original frame; the history of the family is fascinating.
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