Alice Barnham and Her Sons Martin and Steven
- British artist
British artist, Alice Barnham and Her Sons Martin and Steven, 1557. Oil paint on panel; 38¼ × 32 in. (100 × 81.3 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2021.32
This is one of the earliest family group portraits in British art. Alice Barnham, wife of a London merchant, was a businesswoman in her own right, directing a silk production business that catered to an elite clientele. Some products of her profession are depicted here: the blackwork embroidery on her cuffs and collar and those of her sons, the ribbon around Martin’s waist, and the tablecloth with its appliquéd ribbons.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018
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