Marmion Edward Ferrers (1813-1884) out walking (possibly in the Highlands)
Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen Ferrers, later Mrs Edward Henege Dering (1830 – 1923)
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 of her husband shown him in the old-fashioned dress that he favoured.
Oil painting on panel, Marmion Edward Ferrers (1813-1884) out walking (possibly in the Highlands) by Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen (1830-1923), inscribed and signed. A portrait of the artist's first husband in late middle age, who stands full length turned slightly towards the left and looking in this direction. He is located in an elevated, autumnal heathland landscape with lakes and mountains visible in the distance behind him. His hair and beard are grey and he wears a brown jacket with plus fours and black shoes with silver buckles. A purple cape with a red lining is draped around his shoulders and he wears a black wide-brimmed hat with a red feather. He holds a pair of pale yellow gloves and a cane in his right hand, his left hand resting on top and the cane lodged against a rock. This work is a sketch for the finished painting on canvas, NT 343166 (BAD/P/39). Marmion was the son of Edward Ferrers (1790-1830) and Lady Harriet Townshend (d.1845), the daughter of George Townshend, 16th Baron Ferrers of Chartley, 2nd Marquess Townshend and Earl of Leicester of Tamworth Castle. He married Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen (1830-1923) as her first husband.They were joined at Baddesley Clinton by Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892) and his wife Georgiana, Lady Chatterton (1806-1876) the widow of Sir William Chatterton (1794-1855), and the life of the four friends, known to each other as 'The Quartet' and their obsessive interest in the history of the house, is attested by the numerous paintings of them which were done by Dulcibella. After Marmion Edward's death, in 1885 she married Edward Dering, by then a widower.
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