Edwin Williams

Portrait Of Mary Anne Boyce

Edwin Williams

Portrait Of Mary Anne Boyce

A fine mid-19th-century portrait of Mary Anne Boyce nee Jacob by English painter, Edwin Williams (c.1810-c.1880).

The details are exquisite - note the attention to detail on the beautiful embroidered lace and resting hands.

Edwin Williams exhibited in London between 1845 and 1875, primarily at the Royal Academy but also at the Suffolk Street Gallery and the British Institution. A portrait of Sir Charles James Napier is held in the collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

Here’s a larger work that sold through Christie’s in 2016: https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5975508

The painting is housed within a later frame and monogrammed/dated 1861.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 21½” x 26” / 55cm x 66cm
Year of creation: 1861
Provenance: England
Condition: Areas of craquelure but the paint layer is stable. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £4,000 achieved for ‘Portrait Of Vice-Admiral Sir Josiah Coghill’ at Christie’s in 1989.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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