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This is thought to be Frances Jane Theobald, who died of consumption in 1841, aged only 16. Margaret Carpenter painted two portraits for the Theobald family from 1839 to 1842, and a third in 1850. These were probably of the three daughters of William and Sarah Theobald of Chatham Place, London. This portrait and that of the youngest daughter, Georgiana came to Brodsworth Hall, Georgiana’s married home. One possibility is that the portrait of the eldest daughter, Emily, passed into the ownership of her husband, Simon Rendall, leaving that of Frances Jane with her parents, to be inherited eventually by Georgiana.
English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
oil on canvas
H 76 x W 61 cm
purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990
M Carpenter 1840