This historically important glass paste profile portrait is by the sought after artist John Henning (born 2 May 1771 – died 8 April 1851). John Henning was a self-taught Scottish carpenter and artist who produced high quality cameos of his friends and family. Henning’s works were championed by Josiah Wedgwood who was impressed with the quality of his work. He produced a number of portrait medallions, with sitters such as Sir Walter Scott, James Watt and Princess Charlotte. Henning is most well-known for his plaster reproductions of the Parthenon Frieze which was sold to customers including George IV.
Our original example has been produced in enamel paste a process invented by Henning in 1800; the truncation features the impressed ‘Henning F (fecit) 1810.’ With the hand scripted name W M Robertson above,
This is an important piece. This example has never been opened! It is complete with its original backing paper featuring the artist’s inscription as the gift was commissioned by Lord Robertson and given to Lord Frederick Campbell. The inscription verso reads ‘To The Right Honourable Lord Frederick Campbell with best wishes from Lord Robertson. From John Henning, Artist, 8 Little Ryder St, St James's’
The medallion is housed behind its original convex glass in its original unopened papier mache frame.
We are fortunate to have purchased this fine portrait as one of a pair. Please see the other example listed separately in our store.
Measuring: Frame width 5.25 inch (13.5 cm) by height 6 1/8 inch (15.5 cm). Aperture width 2 7/8 inch (7.5 cm) by height 3.25 inch (8.5 cm).
Condition: Some old loose inner frame debris under the glass, this is to be expected with an unopened piece from this age. Small surface chip to top and bottom corner of frame. Historic crazing to papier mache surface. All commensurate with age.
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LORD FREDERICK CAMPBELL
Lord Frederick Campbell (b 1729 – d 1816) was a Scottish nobleman and politician. He was Lord Clerk register of Scotland from 1768 to 1816; Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Glasgow Burghs from 1761 to 1780 and for Argyllshire from 1780 to 1799.
Lord Frederick married the widow Mary Shirley, Countess Ferrers in 1769. Mary was the youngest daughter of Amos Meredith of Henbury, Cheshire, and his wife, the former Joanna Cholmondeley. Interestingly Mary’s first husband, Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, was notable for being the last peer to be hanged following his conviction for murdering his steward. Mary died in a tragic house fire at Lord Frederick and her home at the Combe Bank estate, Kent.
The Hon William Robertson, Lord Robertson FRSE FSA (scot) (b 1753 – d 1835) was an 18th-century Scottish lawyer who rose to be a Senator of the College of Justice. He was sculpted in office by John Henning and painted in 1805 by Sir Henry Raeburn. Both are held by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery but are rarely displayed National Galleries Scotland: Accession number: PG 1277.
John Henning Glass Paste Portrait Medallion of Lord Robertson, Scottish Lawyer, Gifted Inscription to Lord Frederick Campbell 1810
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