A FINE PORTRAIT BY MARGARET TEKUSCH
TAKUSH [TEKUSCH] Samuel, (1776 -1852) London furrier. A very fine enamel portrait miniature of a gentleman on copper, measuring 25 x 32 mm mounted in an oblong brass frame 45 x 53 mm with suspender, under convex glass. Enamelled on the reverse are the details of the sitter and artist “Saml. Takush Born 1776 M.Takush Pinxt. 1838”.
Samuel Takush (Tekusch) was born in Pressburg, Hungary and came to England in 1806 where he set up trade as a furrier in Newgate Street in the City of London. In 1826 (by which time he was married with five children) he applied for denization in order to meet legal obligations in purchasing land in the Kent Road to build premises for a dying establishment. Samuel had married Elizabeth Fontieneau in 1823, but had two previous wives, Catherine Walsh (d.1813) and Elizabeth Cleter (d.1817) who both died during childbirth. His daughter Margaret Takush (Tekusch) became an accomplished artist and miniature painter, and her skills are very apparent in this small very fine miniature portrait.