Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), in profile to the right
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.
Oil painting on canvas, Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), in profile to the right, by Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen, later Mrs Edward Dering (1830-1923), signed and dated 1883. A head-and-shoulders portrait of the artist's second husband, viewed in profile to the right. He has red hair and a long beard with moustache. He wears a black jacket, the collar of a white shirt above, and a purple velvet cloak hangs from his right shoulder. A small coat of arms is painted at top right. He is set against a plain turquoise-purple background. The sitter built the service wing at Baddesley Clinton. 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).
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Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen Ferrers, later Mrs Edward Henege Dering (1830 – 1923), artist