Thornton Rippingille

Portrait Of The Inventor Thomas Dunn

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Thornton Rippingille

Portrait Of The Inventor Thomas Dunn

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This mid-19th-century oil painting by English artist Thornton Rippingille (1830-1863) depicts the inventor Thomas Dunn.

Dunn was a remarkable Lancastrian who pioneered new technologies relating to Victorian railway turntables. Here, in around 1857, he’s celebrating the fruits of his labour. On his left, a pile of numerous successfully filed patents are held in place by a large chain link. Railway turntables were circular devices that turned rolling stock in different directions, so the chain is presumably part of his adjusted methodology.

The portrait is one of several probably commissioned by Bennet Woodcroft to record the industrial luminaries of his day and it was shown at the ‘Museum of the Commissioners of Patents at South Kensington’. Other portraits of this nature are held at the Science Museum in London.

Held within a handsome gilt frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas laid on board
Overall size: 42½” x 52½” / 108cm x 133cm
Year of creation: c. 1857
Labels & Inscriptions: Inscribed on reverse with the name of the artist and sitter. Presumably copied across from the reverse of the canvas prior to laying on board. The date on the reverse states 1837, which is incorrect as it was produced in 1857.
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

Thornton Rippingille

Thornton Rippingille

Thornton Rippingille was a British portrait artist predominantly known for his fine depictions of industrial entrepreneurs and inventors, which were often commissioned by his patron Bennet Woodcroft FRS (1803-1879). He was trained by his father, Edward Villiers Rippingille (1798-1859), who exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and was a close associate of Francis Danby. His career was cut short at the age of 33 and, hence, very few examples of his works remain. He’s represented at the Science Museum.

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