Alice Barnham and Her Sons Martin and Steven

1557

Object

Artist

British artist

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: TL-19034

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on panel

Credit

Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

image height: 38¼ in, -100.0000 cm; image width: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; frame height: 47 1/4 in, 120.015 cm; frame width: 41 in, 104.1400 cm; frame depth: 3 1/2 in, 8.89 cm

Department

European and American Art Before 1900

Collection

European and American Art Before 1900-European Art

Known Provenance

Boughton Monchelsea Place, Kent; Boughton Monchelsea Place sale, Christie’s, South Kensington, January 21, 1998, lot 670; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; on loan to the Denver Art Museum, TL-19034. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Caption

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

Extended Info

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. 

Exhibition History

  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018