William Henry Margetson (1861-1940)
|Artist Name||William Henry Margetson (1861-1940)|
|Title||Portrait of Mrs Florence Parkinson and Son Haviland|
|Description||This charming intimate Victorian portrait oil painting is by noted British portrait artist William Henry Margetson. Painted circa 1893, the sitter is Mrs Florence Parkinson, wife of William Parkinson, an old Brightonian. We know they were a wealthy family with an address in St John Wood, north London.
The son with her is William Haviland Parkinson, older brother to Gilbert Maurice Parkinson. There is a wonderful portrait by Maurice Greiffenhagen entitled The Sons of William Parkinson (Captain William Haviland Parkinson, 1891–1976 and Captain Gilbert Maurice Parkinson, 1896–1918) with both young men in military uniform. Haviland lived to 85 but his brother died of Influenza towards the end of the First World War, aged just 22.
Margetson has perfectly captured Florence's motherly love as she holds young Haviland in her arms and smiles at the artist and viewer. The Impressionist brushwork and impasto are superb as is the sympathetic detail in their faces and Haviland's clothing. A really lovely double portrait by a distinguished portrait artist of the 19th century.
Inscribed on reverse.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||22 x 27 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate frame with a mirror panelled border, 35 inches by 30 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||William Henry Margetson (December 1861 – 2 January 1940) was an English painter and illustrator, mainly known for his aesthetic portraits of women. Margetson was born in London. He studied at Dulwich College, and later at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1885 he first exhibited at the Royal Academy, and later also at the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Grosvenor Gallery. Margetson painted in oils and watercolours. He made his name with portraits of beautiful women, often with modern hairstyles and hats. He also created religious and allegorical artworks. To begin with he worked in an academic, Victorian style. Later he would use a looser brushstyle inspired by the post-impressionists and the pre-raphaelites, and in particular Lawrence Alma-Tadema. His most successful work was the classically decorative The Sea Hath its Pearls which he exhibited in 1897 at the Royal Academy, now in the possession of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Australia. A portrait of Alfred Tennyson by Margetson is in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Margetson also worked as an illustrator of books. He was married to the artist Helen Hatton, who he met when they worked on an illustration project together. He lived and worked first in London and later in Blewbury and Wallingford. He died in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, in 1940, at the age of 78.
Exhibited; Royal Society of Artists Birmingham 3, Grosvenor Gallery 6, Glasgow Institute 5, Walker Gallery Liverpool 24, Manchester Art Gallery 4, Royal Academy 50, Royal Society of British Artists 2, Royal Institute of Painters in watercolours 80, Royal Institute of Oil Painters 94.