Robert Feke (1707 - 1752)
- ROBERT FEKE
- PORTRAIT OF MRS. TENCH FRANCIS
- Oil on canvas
Painted circa 1746.
Label on the back of the stretcher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Robert Feke, Portrait of Mrs. Tench Francis, 11-1969-2. Lender: Mr. E. Shippen Willing, Jr.
descended to Edward's son Richard Shippen;
to Richard's daughter Elizabeth Shippen (died 1871 in Burlington, New Jersey);
to her brother Edward Shippen, Philadelphia;
Katherine Shippen Packard:
to her nephew Edward Shippen Willing in c. 1905;
to his son E. Shippen Willing, Jr., Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Sotheby's New York, Important Americana, January 21, 2012, sale 8823, lot 167.
R. Peter Mooz, "Robert Feke: A Philadelphia Story," in American Painting to 1776: A Reappraisal, ed. by M.G. Quimby (Winterthur Conference Report, 1971): 181-216.
This portrait is recorded in the principal work on Feke by Henry Wilder Foote on pages 149 and 150 as Mrs. Tench Francis No. 1 the portrait is illustrated opposite page 150 beside a second and larger portrait of Mrs. Tench Francis.
The companion portrait to Mrs. Francis of Tench Francis is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Tench Francis, no. 2 in Foote, p. 148-9). An earlier portrait (perhaps prior to 1740) of this sitter is referred to as "Mrs. Tench Francis, no.1" in Foote, p. 149-150 (ill.).
Feke painted her and her husband each two times.