Mary Helden (1726 - 1766) and an Unidentified Enslaved Child (dates unknown)
Charles Phillips (London 1708 - London 1748)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on canvas
2325 x 1475 mm
Place of origin
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Oil painting on canvas, Mary Helden (1726 - 1766) and an Unidentified Enslaved Child (dates unknown) by Charles Phillips (London 1708 - London 1748), 1739. A full-length portrait of a woman in white satin dress, standing on a terrace. At left a child, wearing a metal collar, light green livery, red breeches, a white turban and pearl earring, holds a tray of fruit and looks up at the woman. A spaniel stands in front of the woman looking at the viewer. Mary Helden married Thomas Foster (1720 - 1765), of Elim, Jamaica and Egham House, Surrey, MP for Bossiney, Devon, 1741 and 1742-7 and Dorchester, 1762-65 on 2 June 1741. Note on the Unidentified Enslaved Child: That the attendant is a Black child wearing a metal collar indicates he was enslaved. It is not known if the child was included by the artist as a trope or as a portrait of a real individual.
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Historic inscription says: "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