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Paintings: G0090


John Braham


Oil on canvas



Lord Aimworth : The Maid of the Mill


Foster, Thomas [ Attributed to ]


Height: 49.5cm
Width: 35.5cm


Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 322 (artist unknown, no part)
RW/CKA 91 (artist unknown, no part)

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (322)

There is no doubt about the identity of the sitter for this bust, but the attributions of the artist and part are suggestions based on Thomson's stipple engraving after Thomas Foster's drawing of Braham as Lord Aimworth, published in 1818. The costume is exactly the same in both portraits - a dark coat and a white shirt with ruffs - although it could be seen simply as somewhat elegant every-day dress. Foster, only just entering the R. A. schools in 1818, might easily be the author of this portrait that is so similar to the published drawing.
The flattering juvenile image in the portrait would have pleased the 44 year-old sitter, who was one of the greatest tenors of his time. See also G0652.
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