RAREST John Henning Portrait Paste Medallion, Profile Of John Henning Snr, Gifted to Lord Frederick Campbell 1810 AF - image 1 of 13

This historically important, very tiny glass paste profile portrait is by the sought after artist John Henning (born 2 May 1771 – died 8 April 1851). John Henning was a Scottish artist who produced high quality profiles and cameo medallions of his friends and family. Henning’s works were championed by Josiah Wedgwood who was impressed with the quality of his work. He became a contemporary of James Tassie. He produced a number of portrait medallions, with sitters such as novelist Sir Walter Scott, Scottish engineer James Watt and Princess Charlotte, wife of King George III. Henning is most well-known for his plaster reproductions of the Parthenon Frieze which were sold to customers including George IV. Our original example has been produced in enamel paste a process invented by Henning in 1800; the truncation features the impressed script ‘1810.’

This is an important piece. This TINY example has never been opened! It is complete with its original backing paper featuring the artist’s inscription as this fine piece was given to Lord Frederick Campbell by the artist, John Henning himself.

We are fortunate to have purchased this fine portrait as one of a pair. Please see the other example listed separately in our store.
The inscription verso reads ‘To the Right Honourable Lord Frederick Campbell. John Henning sends with the most cordial & affectionate respects this medallion of his father who died on the 22 of July 1809 in his 73rd year.’

The profile depicts John Henning’s own father, Samuel Henning (d 1809), who was a carpenter by trade. As far as we are aware, this is the only known portrait of Samuel Henning.

Lord Frederick Campbell (b 1729 – d 1816) was a Scottish nobleman and politician. He was Lord Clerk register of Scotland from 1768 to 1816; Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Glasgow Burghs from 1761 to 1780 and for Argyllshire from 1780 to 1799.
Lord Frederick married the widow Mary Shirley, Countess Ferrers in 1769. Mary was the youngest daughter of Amos Meredith of Henbury, Cheshire, and his wife, the former Joanna Cholmondeley. Interestingly Mary’s first husband, Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, was notable for being the last peer to be hanged following his conviction for murdering his steward. Mary died in a tragic house fire at Lord Frederick's and her home at the Combe Bank Estate, Kent.

The medallion is housed behind its original convex glass in its original unopened papier mache frame.

Measuring: Frame width 4.5 inch (11.5 cm) by height 5.5 inch (14 cm). Aperture diameter 1 7/8 inch (4.5 cm). Medallion approximately 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).

Condition: Some age/atmospheric mark to the paste profile as clearly shown. We feel that this ageing can be forgiven as who would wish to open the portrait and risk damaging the reverse inscription? Light surface wear to frame.

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RAREST John Henning Portrait Paste Medallion, Profile Of John Henning Snr, Gifted to Lord Frederick Campbell 1810 AF


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