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Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), ' The Philosopher's Morning Walk'

Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen Ferrers, later Mrs Edward Henege Dering (1830 – 1923)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1859 - 1923

Materials

Oil on panel

Measurements

1194 x 838 mm (47 x 33 in)

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Collection

Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Great Hall, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 343145

Caption

Rebecca Orpen was a talented amateur artist who married Marmion Edward Ferrers (1813-84) of Baddesley Clinton. She was prolific, working in both oil and watercolour, and much of her work remains in the house today. She and her husband lived at Baddesley with her aunt, Lady Chatterton and her husband, Edward Heneage Dering. They became known as ‘The Quartet’, revelling in art, history and their religion. On the death of their spouses, Rebecca and Edward Dering were married. This portrait shows Edward Dering holding a copy of the writings of St Thomas Aquinas, as he was studying Catholic philosophy. Baddesley Clinton, with the new wing, can be seen in the background. He is wearing the old fashioned dress, which he favoured.

Summary

Oil painting on panel, Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), 'The Philosopher's Morning Walk' by Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen (1830 – 1923), inscribed and signed with coat of arms. A full-length portrait, standing, holding a book of Thomas Aquinas's philosophy, and rosary and wearing velvet cloak and breeches, on steps beside the moat at Baddesley Clinton; in the background a view of the house with his new wing prominent; arms top left. Rebecca wrote '... he used to delight in going out to read or say his rosary in the early summer's mornings before walking to the 8 o'clock Mass at the Convent Church. He is holding a volume of St. Thomas' 'Questiones disputatae'. Baddesley Clinton in the background showing the new restoration of the courtyard built by him'. He married, firstly, in 1859, Georgiana, Lady Chatterton (1806-1876), the widow of Sir William Chatterton (1794-1855) and, secondly, in 1885, Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen, Mrs Marmion Edward Ferrers (1830-1923).

Provenance

Acquired with the house through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1980

Credit line

Baddesley Clinton, The Ferrers Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1980)

Makers and roles

Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen Ferrers, later Mrs Edward Henege Dering (1830 – 1923), artist

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