Figure 1.-- We have noted a portrait by him of Reginald Henry Bean with his wife Emma (daughter of J.R. Lucas of the Nailsea Glassworks) and family on the Backwell Hill painted in 1829. It is a wonderful example of Regency clothing.
We have been unable to find any biographical information on this English artist. He was active during the late Regency and early Victorian eras and that he at least sometimes painted on wood. We have noted a portrait by him of Reginald Henry Bean with his wife Emma (daughter of J.R. Lucas of the Nailsea
Glassworks) and family on the Backwell Hill painted in 1829. Clearly this is a prosperous family of the rising industrial class being created by the Indusrial Revolution. We have no further details about this family. The portrait, however, is a wonderful example of Regency clothing. Note the somber black and greys in Mr. Bean's so characteristic of Victorian men's clothing are beginning to appear already in Mr. Bean's outfit in contast to his wife's coloful dress. The boys appear to be wearing quite different outfits, but there are definite similarities. Notice the lace collaes and similar styling of the top of the boys outfit with vertical button styling. There certainly are differences. One boy wears a wide-brimmed hat with a high flat crown. The lace collars are tyled differently. The older boys wear long pants. The younger boys wears a tunic a huge number of buttons. Notice only one of buttons continues below the waist. With the tunic the boy wears what look more like pantalettes than pants/trouusers. The girls wear a long dress with long neckline and baloon sleeves. Notice how colorful the boys' clothing is. Both boys have short hair cuts. The gir has longer hair with some curls.
A HBC reader writes, "A very appealing portrait. The artist may not be well known, but he very effectively captures the spirit of the children. The older boy is so joyous and he's pulling his father to share something with him he
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