View 1 of Lot 85. MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT.
View 1 of Lot 85. MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT.
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MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT

MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

MASON CHAMBERLIN, R.A.

(London 1727 - 1787)

PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: THE MAN HOLDING A MANUSCRIPT AND SEATED BEHIND HIS WIFE, WHO WEARS AN ERMINE COAT AND HOLDS HER SLEEPING INFANT


oil on canvas

49 by 40 in.; 124.5 by 101.6 cm.

Stratford-on-Avon, Town Hall, Celebration of the Tercentenary birthday of William Shakespeare, April 23, 1864, no. 211 (as "Portrait of David Garrick and his wife and child," by Sir Joshua Reynolds)

London, South Kensington Museum, National Portrait Exhibition, 2 May - 31 August 1867, no. 551 (as "Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Garrick and child," by Reynolds)

This family portrait has an interesting attribution history: within a century of its creation, it was believed to be a portrait of famed Shakespearean actor David Garrick (1717 - 1779) and his family, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It was exhibited as such at both the tercentenary celebration of Shakespeare's birthday and the National Portrait Exhibition. In fact the male sitter cannot be Garrick, as he never had children, and his appearance is known through many other portraits. Instead the portrait depicts an anonymous couple with their new baby, and is much more consistent with the style of Mason Chamberlin, founding member of the Royal Academy.