Tuesday 9 June 2015

Francis Hayman - Sculpture in his Paintings.

Busts in a drawing and paintings by Francis Hayman.

Anonymous lady with bust of Shakespeare on the bookcase.
 Oil on Canvas 61 x 49 cms.
Sold Lot 18, Sotheby's 4 Dec 2008.

Sothebys say - "we are grateful to Dr Brian Allen for pointing out that the presence of the bust of Shakespeare in this portrait might suggest that the sitter was a member of the Shakespeare Ladies Club. Set up late in 1736, at a time when the popularity of pantomine and foreign opera was threatening to almost banish Shakespeare's works from the London stage, the aims of the club was to persuade theatrical managers to bring to the stage many more of the bard's plays. The club was astonishingly active in the next couple of years. In February 1737 King John and Much Ado About Nothing were re-introduced to Covent Garden and in March a letter from the ghosts of four great dramatists including Shakespeare, in the Grub Street Journal proclaimed; "Tis a Great Pleasure for us to hear, that the Ladies have begun to encourage Common Sense; which makes us hope that the theatres will follow their example." The result of their efforts was to make Shakespeare fashionable and thus to prepare the ground for Garrick's debut in 1741 as Richard III".


Dr Charles Chauncey
Oil on Canvas 63.5 x 43.2 cms. signed F Hayman 1747.
Yale, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art. 
The eldest son of Charles Chauncey, a London citizen, son of Ichabod Chauncey. He went to Benet College, Cambridge, in 1727, and graduated M.B. 1734, M.D. 1739. In 1740 he was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and became a censor in 1740; portraits of Samuel Garth and of Richard Mead at the College of Physicians were given by him.

Chauncey was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, on 29 January 1740. His main reputation was as an antiquary and a collector of paintings and prints, coins and books. He died 25 December 1777, and was buried at St Peter's, Cornhill.

see -http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/1666784


Life size plaster of a vestal attrib. John Cheere. possibly c. 1745 - 50, but the definition of this bust is not very good.
In the Loggia, West Wycombe Park. Bucks.

Note: Malcolm Baker in The Marble Index says lead but I have inspected this bust closely and it is definitely plaster.


Arthur Devis - Sculpture in the Paintings

Sculpture in the Portraits paintings of Arthur Devis (1712 - 87).

Mr Mrs Richard Bull
Oil on canvas, 67 x 54 cm
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.

Another portrait of the Bulls -
Signed and dated at Right - ADevis fe 1747.
Oil on Canvas, 107.3 x 87cms
Metropolitan Museum. New York. Lent by New York University.
see - Mr Devis and Mr Bull, dowloadable PDF
by Katherine Baetjer and Josephine Dobkin of the Metropolitan Museum, New York


Lascelles Raymond Iremonger.
Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 58.5 cm
National Trust, Uppark, West Sussex

John Tomlinson and Family
Oil on canvas, 24 x 40 1/8 in. (60.9 x 101.9 cm)
Inscribed at lower left: A Devis fe 1745.

Art Institute of Chicago.


Children in an Interior
Oil on Canvas. 99.1 x 126.4 cm.
Yale, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.

Mr and Mrs Robert Dashwood of Vellow Wood, Stogumber, Somerset.
Oil on Canvas, 111.8 x 96.5 cms. Signed and dated 1750.
Sold Lot 50 July 16th 1975 Sotheby's London
Formerly with Leger Gallery.
Current location unknown.

Robert Dashwood married Mary Sweeting (23 Feb. 1749 in Taunton), and died in 1769 (buried 2 Dec. in Bicknoller.

Son - Vice Admiral Sir Charles Dashwood (1765 - 1847), Daughter Sarah Hay (b.1751), Hannah Ogilvie (1753 -1833): Robert Dashwood. 1756 - 1824) Indian Civil servant. 

Note - Not of Stamford Park, Nottingham which was acquired after the death of Robert Dashwood senior.


The Family of John Bacon.
Oil on Canvas 76.2 x 131.1 cms.
Yale, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.
Provenance by descent John Bacon, Sir Percy Loraine, purchased by Paul Mellon from Spink and Son, London 1968.
John Bacon elected 1750 Fellow of the Royal Society. d 26 Jun 1752 at Bath and buried in the Abbey Church.
son of William and Margaret Bacon - Married 23 August 1732, Catherine, daughter of Richard and Mary Lowther.

John Bacon of Staward Peel, Northumberland and Newcome Cap, Durham son of William Bacon
Governor of Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospitals

I include this painting, certainly on of the finest by Devis because it includes the grisailles or portrait reliefs either side of the doorway. Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton, John Milton and Alexander Pope. with a portrait of Edmund Halley in the room behind the arch. Also in the window a transit quadrant, reflecting telescope, air pump and bell jar, small compass microscope on the table and  celestial and terrestrial globes underneath.

John Bacon d. 1752.
Newspaper cutting from Bath in Time