W. Phelps (British, active circa 1784-circa 1791) A pair of bust-length silhouettes of Reverend Robert Barker BD (1735-1797), Rector of Youlgreave, Derbyshire and his wife, Elizabeth Barker (née Carver) (1745-1796); the former, in profile to the left, wearing Geneva gown and single-breasted cassock, white stock and clerical necktie, powdered long bob wig; the latter, in profile to the right, wearing black redingote with cerulaen and white lapels, white frilled chemise and necktie, black hat, dressed with gathered ribbons, her powdered wig featuring two stiff curls beside her banging chignon
Lot 43
W. Phelps
(British, active circa 1784-circa 1791)
A pair of bust-length silhouettes of Reverend Robert Barker BD (1735-1797), Rector of Youlgreave, Derbyshire and his wife, Elizabeth Barker (née Carver) (1745-1796); the former, in profile to the left, wearing Geneva gown and single-breasted cassock, white stock and clerical necktie, powdered long bob wig; the latter, in profile to the right, wearing black redingote with cerulaen and white lapels, white frilled chemise and necktie, black hat, dressed with gathered ribbons, her powdered wig featuring two stiff curls beside her banging chignon
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,476) inc. premium

Lot Details
W. Phelps (British, active circa 1784-circa 1791) A pair of bust-length silhouettes of Reverend Robert Barker BD (1735-1797), Rector of Youlgreave, Derbyshire and his wife, Elizabeth Barker (née Carver) (1745-1796); the former, in profile to the left, wearing Geneva gown and single-breasted cassock, white stock and clerical necktie, powdered long bob wig; the latter, in profile to the right, wearing black redingote with cerulaen and white lapels, white frilled chemise and necktie, black hat, dressed with gathered ribbons, her powdered wig featuring two stiff curls beside her banging chignon
W. Phelps (British, active circa 1784-circa 1791)
A pair of bust-length silhouettes of Reverend Robert Barker BD (1735-1797), Rector of Youlgreave, Derbyshire and his wife, Elizabeth Barker (née Carver) (1745-1796); the former, in profile to the left, wearing Geneva gown and single-breasted cassock, white stock and clerical necktie, powdered long bob wig; the latter, in profile to the right, wearing black redingote with cerulaen and white lapels, white frilled chemise and necktie, black hat, dressed with gathered ribbons, her powdered wig featuring two stiff curls beside her banging chignon.
Painted cut-out on card, wood frames with hammered brass mounts; signed on the reverse of the former and dated Robert Barker - Vicar of/ Youlgreave - at. 51 - done by/ W. Phelps Jan 7 1786; signed on the reverse of the latter and dated Elizabeth, wife of R. Barker/ Vicar of Youlgreave - at?/ By W. Phelps Jan 7 1786.
Oval, 86mm (3 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Elizabeth was the younger daughter of Marmaduke Carver and Anne Griffith. She was born on 16 June 1745 in Whiston, Yorkshire. Robert was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire, the fifth of the ten children born to Thomas Barker and his wife, Sarah. The couple married on 16 October 1781 and had one child, a daughter, Henrietta Elizabeth Barker (1782-1863). Both sitters are buried in All Saints Churchyard, Youlgreave.
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