NEWENHAM, FREDERICK

(b. 1807, d. 1859)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

A native of the county of Cork, related to Robert O'C. Newenham (q.v.), he was born in 1807. He went in early life to London, where he achieved some success, becoming a fashionable painter of ladies' portraits. He first exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1838, and was a constant exhibitor of portraits down to 1855. He also contributed subject pieces to the British Institution from 1841 to 1852, many of them works of large size, such as "Arming for Battle," 1841; "Heloise," 1842; "Jenny's Lament," 1849; "Cromwell dictating to Milton," 9 ft. by 11 ft., 1850; "Queen Mary Beatrice taking shelter under the walls of old Lambeth Church," 1851, and "Princess Elizabeth examined by the Council," 1852. He was commissioned in 1842 to paint a portrait of Queen Victoria for the Junior United Service Club, and he exhibited it in the Academy in 1844. A portrait of "George, 3rd Lord Mountsandford," was engraved by F. C. Lewis and published by Newenham himself at 3 Thayer Street, Manchester Square, in 1831, and one of "George Sandford Wesley Newenham" was engraved in mezzotint by G. T. Payne, 1837. He died on the 21st March, 1859, aged 52.

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