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Thomas Rogers (1781-1875), Carpenter, aged 48

William Jones of Chester (fl.1818-1853/58)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1830

Materials

Oil on canvas in a wood frame

Measurements

1143 x 914 mm (45 x 36 in)

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Collection

Erddig, Wrexham (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Erddig, Wrexham, Wales, National Trust

NT 1151280

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Thomas Rogers (1781-1875), Carpenter, British School, possibly by William Jones, inscribed on a scroll, fully along bottom by Simon Yorke II (1771 - 1834)....including: Carpenter/Aged 48 1830. A full-length portrait, working at his bench with his plane, a dog at his feet. He worked at Erddig for more than 65 years, starting in 1798, firstly as a pig-boy and then as a thatcher's assistant and slater. He was made a pensioner at the age of 90 and died in 1875 aged 94. He can be seen holding a saw, his emblem, next to his son and successor, James Rogers, both standing on the right, in a photograph taken of the servants on the steps of Erdigg, in 1852.

Provenance

Commissioned by Simon Yorke II (1771- 1834), who composed the detailed biographical description on scrolls, in 1830 and thence by descent; given by Philip Yorke III (1905 – 1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973

Marks and inscriptions

Recto: Inscribed: Thomas Rogers/Carpenter / Aged 48 1830. With 24 lines of verse in lower border, each side with sitter's name and date - see Waterson pp.59-6

Makers and roles

William Jones of Chester (fl.1818-1853/58), artist previously catalogued as attributed to British (English) School, artist

Exhibition history

In Trust for the Nation, National Gallery, London, 1995 - 1996, no.25a

References

Steegman 1957 John Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses, Vol.I: North Wales, Cardiff, 1957, pp.97-98 The Destruction of the Country House, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1974, No.30 Pride of Possession, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1975-76, No. ? Waterson, 1980: Merlin Waterson, The Servants' Hall. A Domestic History of Erddig, Routledge & Kegan 1980, pp.59-63 2 fig. 37. Erddig, Clwyd: 1995 [The National Trust] 1995, p.41

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