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Samuel Woodforde
A Country Girl - Mrs Jane Woodforde nee Gardner British portrait oil painting

1809

$8,694.34

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Samuel Woodforde, 18th century born artist painted this lovely Old Master portrait oil painting in 1809. The sitter, posing as a young country girl, is his later to be wife, Jane Woodforde nee Gardner whom he often used as a model. This half length portrait pictures her with a blustery landscape background. She is dressed in a red cape and is gazing at the artist/viewer with a half smile, resting her chin on her hand in an intimate pose. A charming portrait with lovely colouring and facial details and an excellent example of Woodforde's work. Details of the sitter are below the artist's biography. Signed and dated 1809 lower left. Provenance. Royal Academy 1811, No 431 entitled Country Girl. Auction stencil verso. Condition. Oil on canvas, 30 inches by 25 inches and in good condition. Frame. Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 37 inches by 32 inches and in good condition. Samuel Woodforde RA (29 March 1763 – 27 July 1817) was an 18th-century English painter. Woodforde was born at Castle Cary, Somerset. He was the second son of Heighes Woodforde, an accountant of Ansford, and his wife Anne. He was a lineal descendant of the Samuel Woodford, clergyman, poet and writer, and a founder member of the Royal Society in 1660, and nephew of the diarist, James Woodforde. He was supported by the banker Henry Hoare of Stourhead, Wiltshire and his family. On 8 March 1782, he became a student at the Royal Academy Schools and started exhibiting pictures in 1784. He contributed no less than 133 pictures to the Royal Academy and 39 at the British Institution. Richard Hoare granted Woodforde £100 a year, which allowed him to travel to Italy in 1786. He spent most of his time in Rome, studying the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Paolo Veronese. He also visited Venice and Florence before returning to London in 1791. Between 1792 and 1815 he exhibited constantly, showing portraits, scenes of Italian life, historical pictures, and subjects from literature. Many of his literary pictures were engraved, such as a scene from Titus Andronicus by Anker Smith for the Boydell Shakespeare edition 1805 and several other scenes for Longmans Shakespeare1805-7. Woodforde became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1800 and a full member in 1807. On 7 October 1815 he married Jane Gardner; that year the couple left for Italy. Two years later, Woodforde died of fever at Bologna where he is buried in the cemetery of La Certosa. Jane Gardner married Samuel Woodforde RA. on 7 October 1815 at Saint Bride's, Fleet Street in London, It is thought she was one of his models. She was born in about 1791/96 in Amberley, Sussex. The couple moved to Italy but Samuel died of fever at Ferrara on 27 July 1817. They had no children. In 1839, Jane was living in Amberley, Sussex, when she petitioned the Royal Academy for an increase in the pension she was receiving. By 1848, she was living at 3 Smith Terrace, Kings Road, Chelsea but was at 46 Church Street, Amberley in the 1851 census. Jane later lived with Edward Jenden Gallup by whom she had a son, Edward, who was baptised on 6 July 1821 at Cowes, Isle of Wight. It is possible that Jane and Edward chose not to marry because she would have lost her income from the Royal Academy under the terms of Samuel Woodforde's will. Edward (senior) died in 1859. Jane died in Newington, London, in 1861 and was buried in Amberley. After Samuel's death, the Woodforde family disputed her ownership of some of Samuel's pictures, and legal actions followed. A portrait of her by Samuel titled The Fortune Teller was acquired by the Parson Woodforde Society in 2014. Following an appeal for finance, the painting was restored and is now kept at a private residence in Castle Cary.

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  • Creator
    Samuel Woodforde (1763 - 1817)
  • Creation Year
    1809
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37 in (93.98 cm)Width: 32 in (81.28 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU853110421562

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