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Portrait of James Slade, full-length, slightly turned to the right, one hand on the pages of an open book, dressed in a surplice with a stole about his shoulders and with bands at his neck, a table with an embroidered cloth at his side, a facsimile of his signature below
Mixed method mezzotint
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Height: 680 millimetres
Width: 420 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The mezzotint is mentioned in the "Manchester Courier", Saturday 3rd October 1840, p.5:
‘BOLTON. Dinner to George Patten, Esq. On Wednesday George Patten, Esq., A. R. A., met the committee and a party of the subscribers to the Vicar of Bolton's portrait at dinner, at the Swan Hotel. The magnificent painting of the Rev. J. Slade occupied a prominent place the room, and, along with proof of the exquisite engraving from it by Thomas Lupton, Esq., elicited the warmest approbation of the subscribers and their friends.’
There were at least two versions of the portrait, unless it was moved especially to the Swan Hotel for the dinner described above. The painting showing Slade at the altar of the Parish Church of Bolton le Moor mentioned in "Monthly Magazine", 1 , 1839, seems to have hung in the Church England Educational Institute in Bolton [see DNB].
The painting is now at Farnworth, owned by the Bishop Fraser Academy Trust, which also owns a smaller portrait of Slade by Patten.
(Information provided by Martin Hopkinson, by email December 2017).
- Not on display
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