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Victorian Watercolor Portrait Unconventional Lady Painted by M King Signed Dated

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We are pleased to offer this portrait with historical value. This portrait of Hanah Tichbon has an inscription which reads in part "went to the races..., "ran away from Sheffets..." and later ran away in London". Portraits in the Victorian period were done to present public identities. On the back of this miniature portrait we have a hand-written inscription which provides insight into the private life of the sitter. It is an intriguing story of a young woman's life which is literally hidden behind her painted portrait. The inscription on the back of the watercolor tells a story very different from the prim and proper image of Hanah Tichbon shown in the picture. This pencil and watercolor portrait on card presents a young woman in Victorian attire wearing a gold chain and cross. She wears white and holds a book, quite probably a Bible. The image infers that our sitter is a proper young lady. In reality, her life story was not anything like it appears. Written on the back of the painted card is: "Hanah Tichbon Alias Hanah Honsett born Sept 22nd 1809 Married Thomas Matcham on the 6 of Oct'br 1829 left him at Bath in Aug'st 1831 for six week... On Aug'st 2nd 1835 went to Brighton races and stayt 6 weeks. Oct'br 22nd 1837 ran away from Sheffets 8 month away July 22 1841 ran away in London and was found" Signed "Painted by Mr. King" and dated "1829". At this time in England if a married woman was unhappy with her situation there was, almost without exception, nothing she could do about it. Except in extremely rare cases, a woman could not obtain a divorce and, until 1891, if she ran away from an intolerable marriage the police could capture and return her. All this was sanctioned by church, law, custom, history, and approved of by Victorian society in general, The story this portrait and inscription tell is a genuine piece of history.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1829
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Watercolor
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 7 in. x W 6.25 in. x D 1.5 in.H 17.78 cm x W 15.88 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    30/6004b
  • Reference Number
    LU8665774880
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