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This is a full-length portrait of a carpenter, aged 73, in a park with an axe over his shoulder; the West front of Erddig can be seen in the distance. Edward Prince was the son of Charles Prince, who was also carpenter at Erddig. There are two sets of servant portraits at Erddig and this is one of the first set. Individual portraits of servants are not uncommon, but the sets at Erddig, which established a tradition later carried on in the form of photographs, may be unique.
oil on canvas
H 113.5 x W 93.5 cm
commissioned by Philip Yorke I; gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust, 1973