Mary Helden (1726 - 1766) with a Dog and her Black Page, 'Sambo'

Charles Phillips (London 1708 - London 1748)
National Trust Inventory Number 863685

Category Paintings
Date 1739
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 2325 x 1475 mm
Place of origin
Collection Sprivers, Kent
Not on show

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Mary Helden (1726 - 1766) by Charles Phillips (London 1708 - London 1748), 1739. A full-length portrait, Label on reverse reads 'Mary, daughter of John Helden of Egham [& St Kitts], wife of Thomas Foster, elder son of Colonel John Foster, in white satin dress, standing on a terrace, her negro page Sambo and a dog by her side'. This description was written by Christie's when the painting was sold on 15th October 1940. She married Thomas Foster (1720 - 1765), of Elim, Jamaica and Egham House, Surrey, MP for Bossiney, Devon, 1741 and 1742-47 and Dorchester, 1762-65 on 2nd June 1741.

Provenance

Christie's, 15th October 1940; bequeathed by Robert Courthorpe (1891 - 1966), with the house, parkland, orchards and woods

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Mary, daughter of John Helden of Egham, wife of Thomas Foster, elder son of Colonel John Foster, in white satin dress, standing on a terrace, her negro page Sambo and a dog by her side

Makers and roles

Charles Phillips (London 1708 - London 1748), artist

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Subjects Mary Helden, Mrs Thomas Foster (1726 - 1766)  (1)
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