This stunning watercolor portrait of a girl was produced in England during the 19th century, circa 1836. The painting depicts a very sweet little girl in three quarter view wearing a blue plaid dress, we love the way in which the artist has painted the curled ringlets in her hair.
The female sitter is named verso as Honoria Louisa Chichester, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Lady Henrietta Chichester-Nagle of Calverleigh Court, Devon. Calverleigh Court is a large country house estate rebuilt in 1844-5 by Joseph Chichester-Nagle to the design of George Wightwick of Plymouth.
Because the family was wealthy and prominent they have a fascinating and well documented history. We have provided a brief overview bellow, researching the family really transports you back in time. It is always so interesting to find out who the sitter was, and the social circles in which they mixed.
This painting is on card and is housed behind old glass in its original veneered frame. The wood veneer has a delicious mellow honeyed coloring and original patina. This is a fabulous country house antique, a desirable painting with a named sitter. This is very likely the only depiction of this young lady who sadly only lived until she was aged 30 years.
Joseph Chichester-Nagle (b 1792 – d 1880) married Henrietta Caroline, née Newton Fellows, on the 14th of December 1826. He came from a wealthy family who owned huge swathes of land in Ireland. His wife Henrietta Caroline was a daughter of Newton Fellowes, 4th Earl of Portsmouth, M. P.
The couple had five children, one of which is the sitter in this portrait. Honoria-Louisa Chichester (b 1831 – d 1861). Interestingly Honoria is captured on the 1861 census visiting Barton House, Bishop's Morchard which was the home of The Right Honourable Henrietta Dorothea Churchill and her daughter Harriet Churchill. They were relatives on Honoria’s maternal father’s side of the family.
Measuring: Frame 8 inch (20.5 cm) by height 9.5 inch (24 cm). Aperture width 4.75 inch (12.5 cm) by height 6.25 inch (16 cm).
Condition: Some drying cracks to veneer. To the top right side of the frame an area of veneer has lifted just a little, very common with frames of this type (seen at 1 o'clock in the grained knot area).
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19th Century Watercolor Portrait, Girl Blue Dress, Honoria Louisa Chichester, Notable Devon Family England C 1836 (Item 12959)
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