Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), standing, in boots and cloak (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.
Oil painting on canvas, Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), standing in boots and cloak (possibly in the Highlands) by Rebecca Dulcibella Ferrers Orpen, later Mrs Edward Dering (1830-1923), inscribed: E. H. Dering; and signed: R Ferrers a sketch. A full-length portrait of the artist's second husband who stands on a path with a landscape of lakes and mountains behind him. The sitter has striking red hair and a long red beard with a moustache. A black cloak hangs from his right shoulder and he wears a trilby with a feather in the brim. He is turned slightly towards the right and rests his left hand on his hip. He wears a long-length brown coat and thigh-length black leather boots. The setting is identical to that seen in the portrait and the related oil sketch of the artist's first husband, Marmion Edward Ferrers (See 343166 and sketch 343146). Rebecca Orpen presumably made these oil sketches of the two men on the same occasion, but worked up only that of Marmion Edward Ferrers into a finished oil portrait.
Marks and inscriptions
E. H. Dering
Makers and roles
Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen Ferrers, later Mrs Edward Henege Dering (1830 – 1923), artist