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Lady Hannah Campbell

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Nom de l'objet : Lady Hannah Campbell
Artiste ou artisan : Robert McNaughton: Little is known about the artist. McNaughton apparently came to Perth, Upper Canada, from Scotland with his parents, shortly after the War of 1812. He was active as a portrait painter in York circa 1820-1821. Two similar portraits of another British official and his wife, Executive Council clerk John Small and Elizabeth, have survived and are now in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Catégorie de l'objet : Communication Artifacts
Discipline : History
Matériaux : wood
Médium : oil
Support : canvas
Numéro d'accession : 974 009 001
Province d'origine : York/Toronto
Pays d'origine : Canada
Date de fin de production : 1821
Description : part of a pair of paintings including a portrait of Sir William Campbell (974 009 002); painting depicts a three quarter view of the head and torso of a female subject against a plain blue-green background; figure dressed in a blue-green dress with gold decoration at neck and cuffs, white lace at cuffs; white morning cap with white lace, flowers and ribbon; white lace shawl wrapped around figure, draped over shoulder and arms; white lace tucker at neckline fastened in centre with small, dark, oblong brooch; left hand of figure holds a blue-green folding fan; two rings on left hand, one gold with red stone, one with light blue rectangular stone surrounded by white stones; pocket-watch, belcher chain and seal hung on front of dress; in a gilt frame with moulded decoration in corners; gold plate on frame reads:
nee Hannah Hadley
donated by
Her Great-Great-Grandson
John Burnett Pangman
signed "R M N 1821" on back of canvas
Commentaires : Hannah Hadley was born in 1768 in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. In 1785 she married William Campbell, and together they had four daughters and twin sons.
Source: "Family of Sir William Campbell", Interim revision, April 1986, RP file (filed in book "Dictionary of Canadian Biography", in museum office)

"R M N" may refer to the painter Robert McNaughton. Portraits of John Small and Elizabeth (nee Goldsmith?) Small attributed to him share a number of similarities with the portraits of Sir William and Lady Hannah Campbell, and were executed at approximately the same time (1820).
Source: RP file "Campbell Family Portraits"

From an early date portraits were common items to find on the walls of houses in Upper Canada. Settlers often brought with them miniatures, silhouettes and oil or watercolour portraits when they emigrated to Canada. Although there are practically no records of door-to-door travelling portrait painters in early Upper Canada, there is record of them in the United States, and it is likely that they sometimes travelled north.
Source: Minhinnick, Jeanne, "At Home in Upper Canada". Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto, 1983, p.143.

English settlers in Upper Canada brought with them a demand for portraits, in particular the wealthier settlers who later became members of the Family Compact (Sir William Campbell was part of the outer circle of this group). Many portraits of the members of this group were painted by the artist George Theodore Berthon, who was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. Most portraits at this time, however, were produced by anonymous amateur painters.
Hubbard, R.H., ed., "An Anthology of Canadian Art", Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1960, p.14.
Saunders, Robert E., "What was the Family Compact?" in "Ontario History" XLIX, 1957, p.174.
Largeur : 59.00
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre de parties composantes : frame width: 72.1, thickness: 8.3
Sujet ou image : Lady Hannah Campbell (née Hadley)
Établissement : Campbell House Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Toronto
Province de l'établissement : Ontario
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