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Mary Ann Davenport


Oil on canvas



Lady Denny : Henry VIII



Height: 73.7cm
Width: 61.6cm
height (frame): 84cm
width (frame): 72cm


Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (58); Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 54 (by Blundell)
RW 419 (by Blundell?)
CKA 419

Exhibition history

1818 London, R.A. (495), with lines quoted in the catalogue: "King: 'Is the Queen delivered? / Say Ay - and of a boy.' / Lady: 'Ay, Ay, my Liege.'" 1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (54)

Half-length. Lady Denny wears a gold cap encrusted with jewels and many jeweled necklaces over a red striped stomacher. There are ruffs on her shoulders.
Mrs Davenport played Lady Denny in the new production of “Henry VIII” that opened at Covent Garden on 23 April 1806. The cast also included Sarah Siddons as Queen Katherine, John Philip Kemble as Cardinal Wolsey, Charles Kemble as Cromwell, and Alexander Pope as King Henry. The play was given "New Scenes, Dresses and Decorations," and presumably Lady Denny's extravagant costume was created at that time. Mrs Davenport's last performances as Lady Denny before the picture was painted were on 27 May and 2 and 17 June 1817.
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