Master Roger Mainwaring

Master Roger Mainwaring

about 1810
Artist
Henry Thomson, English, 1773-1843
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2019.5

Henry Thomson 
British, 1773–1843
Master Roger Mainwaring, about 1800 
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.5

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
image height: 74 1/4 in, 188.595 cm; image width: 41 7/8 in, 106.3625 cm; frame height: 82 3/8 in, 209.2325 cm; frame width: 50 1/2 in, 128.27 cm; frame depth: 2 3/8 in, 6.0325 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Portraits of children underwent a change about the time this picture was painted. Typically shown in a simple pose with a charming manner, children were now often portrayed with personality and with objects that helped to define them as individuals. Painters of children also began to compose their picture according to current conventions for adult portraiture: the figure shown full-length and often life-size, positioned in front of elements of classical architecture, with a distant landscape in the background. 

Known Provenance
Hutchinson & Co.; Christie’s, London, December 14, 1951, lot 169; Springfield Ltd., London; Christie’s, London, July 12, 1996, lot 27; private collection, England; with Simon Gillespie Studio, London; from whom acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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