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Thomas, 2nd Baron Mansel of Margam with his Blackwood Half-Brothers and Sister

Allan Ramsay1742

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

This portrait was probably commissioned to commemorate the children’s mother, who had died in October 1741. To the right is Thomas Mansel. At his side are his eldest half-brother Shovel and sister Mary. The youngest child, John, is seated at the left, smiling towards the viewer. Mary, who was visually impaired, places her hand over the bird’s breast, perhaps to demonstrate the importance to her of the sense of touch. The distinctive reddish-brown horseshoe mark is part of the partridge’s natural plumage rather than blood; the presence of which would have appeared indelicate in polite portraiture.

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  • Title: Thomas, 2nd Baron Mansel of Margam with his Blackwood Half-Brothers and Sister
  • Creator: Allan Ramsay
  • Date: 1742
  • Physical Dimensions: 1245 x 1003 mm
  • Original Title: Thomas, 2nd Baron Mansel of Margam with his Blackwood Half-Brothers and Sister
  • Provenance: Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (Woodroffe Bequest), the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Mail on Sunday through the Friends of Tate Gallery, Arthur Young, Mrs Sue Hammerson and others 1988
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Tate
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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