A well-executed half portrait of *Thomas Jaques by Henry Pickering. The sitter wears a naval officers uniform possibly the livery of a shipping company run by the Norreys brothers of Speke.
Henry Pickering was a pupil of Hamlet Winstanley (1698-1756) and travelled to Italy to finish his art education. He returned to England around 1740 and initially worked in Nottingham where he made his name painting portraits of notable members of society. His work took him to Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales and by 1760 after spending a brief time in Liverpool he settled in Manchester. He was a highly successful artist and received many commissions from wealthy patrons. Like Hudson and Reynolds, he employed Van Aken as his drapery painter. He died in Manchester in 1771.
Examples of his work are held by the National Museum Wales, National Trust, Nottingham Castle Museum, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, University of Cambridge, Walker Art Gallery and the York Museum.
* Thomas Jaques was born on 20 February, 1744 at Briggate, Leeds, the son of James Jaques. His sister was Ann Jaques who married John Watson, Rector of Stockport.
The painting is housed in its original period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||29 inches x 24 inches (74cm x 61cm)|
|Framed Size||35 inches x 30 inches (89cm x 76cm)|