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Henry Wyatt: An Intriguing Portrait

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Artist: Henry Wyatt

An intriguing portrait painted in oil on canvas by Henry Wyatt (1794-1840). Within a fine, period frame, gilded, with a scotia sight, running bead, hollow, carved ribbon and burnished plain outer edge. 

o.s:45.5 in x 58 in 

This life-size, three-quarter length portrait is of a widow, (according to a label to the reverse, Blanche Thibaudau (nee Wyatt), wife of Comte Adolfe Thibaudau). Signed lower left Wyatt, and beneath 'Vivelay'.

Henry Wyatt was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, in 1794. Exhibiting an aptitude for art he was sent to London and admitted to the Royal Academy in 1812. In 1815 he entered the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence as a pupil. Two years later and he had established himself as a portrait painter, successful in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. He settled in London in 1825. However, due to ill health he moved to Leamington and pursuing commissions in Manchester, visited that town in April of 1838 before being seized with paralysis from which he never recovered. He died in Prestwich near Manchester in February of 1840. Amongst his most popular works at the time were “Vigilance" (Tate gallery) which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836 and the "Philosopher", also called "Galileo" and "Archimedes", an imagined portrait, half-length life-size, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1832. He exhibited 80 pictures in London between 1817 and 1838, including 35 at the Royal Academy.




Item Code: 4050

£ 11500

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