- British artist
Alice Barnham and Her Sons Martin and Steven, 1557
Oil paint on panel
Dated and inscribed above the figures’ heads, STEVE WAS BORNE THE .21. / OF IVLI ON A SONDAY AT / NIGHTE AND .10. OF THE CLOKE / Ao . DN I .1549; I WAS BORNE THE .7. OF SEPTEMBER / ON A SONDAY .1523. TORNID / FRŌ THAT I WAS VNTO THAT / YE SE. Ao . DNI .1557; and MARTIN WAS BORNE THE .26. / OF MARCHE AT .9. OF THE / CLOKE BEFORE NOVNE IN / Ao . DNI .1548.
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-19034
This is one of the earliest family group portraits in British art. Alice Barnham, wife of a London merchant, was a businesswoman in her own right, directing a silk production business that catered to an elite clientele. Some products of her profession are depicted here: the blackwork embroidery on her cuffs and collar and those of her sons, the ribbon around Martin’s waist, and the tablecloth with its appliquéd ribbons.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018