SILHOUETTE BY EDWARD FOSTER
Le GRICE, Frederick (1798-1884). Painted portrait miniature in red with gold highlights of a gentleman, mounted in a papier-mâché frame 6 x 7.5 inches with a brass hanger impressed “FOSTER”. On the reverse are two old ink inscriptions, the first reading "Mr Fredk Le Grice" and the second "Revd F.Le Grice Born 1798 Died 1884. Vicar of Great Gransden, Hunts. 1832-1884". The varnish showing craquelure as usual in such painted portraits.
Frederick Le Grice was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in1798, one of ten children of John Le Grice and Mary Holdworthy. In 1837 he married Elizabeth Peers Gregory Swaine (1812-1887), daughter of Rear Admiral Spelman Swaine (1769-1848) and Sophia Ann Le Grice (1779-1857), by whom he had a son and two daughters. Frederick became vicar of Great Grandsen in Huntingdonshire in 1832, a living he held until his death in 1884.
Edward Foster (1762-1864) was born in Derby and was to join the army, seeing extensive active service overseas, including service under General Cornwallis in the final phase of the War of American Independence. He began a career as an artist in the early 19th century with bases in both Derby and London. He soon specialised as a painter of silhouettes, and is particularly well known for his red painted silhouettes, as this example. The brass hanger in this example was used up until about 1825.