Thomas Hargreaves (British, 1775-1846) A Lady, called Anne Foster, wearing purple gown with bouffant sleeves, a white lace shawl draped about her her and a long gold chain suspended from her neck and tucked into her waist belt, the back of her blonde hair plaited and curled into a large knot, the front parted and curled in ringlets framing her face
Lot 167Y
Thomas Hargreaves
(British, 1775-1846)
A Lady, called Anne Foster, wearing purple gown with bouffant sleeves, a white lace shawl draped about her her and a long gold chain suspended from her neck and tucked into her waist belt, the back of her blonde hair plaited and curled into a large knot, the front parted and curled in ringlets framing her face
Sold for £812 (US$ 1,300) inc. premium

Lot Details
Thomas Hargreaves (British, 1775-1846)
A Lady, called Anne Foster, wearing purple gown with bouffant sleeves, a white lace shawl draped about her her and a long gold chain suspended from her neck and tucked into her waist belt, the back of her blonde hair plaited and curled into a large knot, the front parted and curled in ringlets framing her face.
Gilt-metal frame.
Rectangular, 98mm (3 7/8in) high
Provenance: The sitter; thence by descent.

Footnotes

  • Anne Foster was the eighth child and second daughter of the architect and engineer, John Foster (1759-1827). Although best remembered for the scandal surrounding his work on Princes Dock (1810-1821), Foster is also credited with implementing a number of beneficial changes to the city of Liverpool including the widening, paving and lighting of its streets. Foster's work can also be seen in the Athenaeum (1799) and the Corporation Church of St Luke, begun in 1811 and completed to a much altered design in 1831, by his son who followed his father into the same profession.

    John Foster Junior (1786-1846) succeeded his father as Senior Surveyor to the Corporation of Liverpool but his career eclipsed that of Foster Senior. During the apex of Liverpool's prosperity (c.1816-1835), Foster Junior came to be regarded as the city's leading architect. Heavily influenced by his travels in Greece, Foster designed the chapel at St James's Cemetery in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral as a small Greek doric temple (1825–6). He is also responsible for the Huskisson Rotunda (1836) at the same location and the custom house on Canning Place (1828–35). Once an important landmark in Liverpool's cityscape, the custom house was bombed in 1940 and subsequently demolished. Sadly, only three or four of his buildings survive owing to demolition or bombing during WWII.

    Thomas Hargreaves was born in Liverpool. Aged sixteen, he entered the Royal Academy Schools in London on 29 March 1790 and was later apprenticed to Sir Thomas Lawrence from 1793. Owing to ill health, Hargreaves returned to Liverpool c.1795 but exhibited intermittently at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the Liverpool Academy between 1798-1843. His sons, Francis, George and James were also miniaturists.
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