SPEARMAN, John and William Hector, of London. Father and son silhouettes

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SPEARMAN, John and William Hector, of London. Father and son silhouettes of members of the Spearman family:

1. A small painted silhouette profile portrait of a gentleman identified in a pencil inscription as John Spearman 1817, with a further note “My great grandfather WS” (WS can be identified on the reverse as Walter Spearman), mounted in an ebonised frame 120mm x 145mm with prop stand on the reverse. The card surround has marks and staining.

2. A full length cut silhouette of a gentleman identified in an ink inscription at the base William Hector Spearman in a modern oblong slim frame 196mm x 280mm. On the reverse (under the backing) is a further ink inscription reading: William Hector Spearman Father of - Frederick Cleobury Mortimer Spearman, Amelia Mary Anne Spearman, and William Hector Jeffrey Spearman. A copy of the latter inscription is pasted on the outer backing board. The card surrounding the silhouette figure has some discolouration and staining, and the lower left blank corner is torn away.

John Spearman appears from records to have been born circa 1779 and was buried on 7th December 1848, at St Martin’s in the Fields. His son William Hector Spearman married Mary Ann Hurt in 1811 in St Martin’s in the Fields, by whom he had three children: Frederick Cleobury Mortimer Spearman born 1815, Amelia Mary Anne Spearman born 1819, and William Hector Jeffrey Spearman born 1822. Records show their baptisms were all on 8th May 1836, at St. Katherine Coleman church, City of London, at which time their parents residence is given as Stamford Place, York Road.  William Hector Spearman’s rank is given as “gentleman”. Their eldest son Frederick Cleobury Mortimer Spearman married Sarah Cowell in Hackney in 1841, and was an auctioneer and land agent. By 1851 Frederick’s business had failed and he was committed to the Debtor’s Prison for London and Middlesex (in Whitecross Street). At this time (1851) Frederick and Sarah had five children, one of whom was Walter Spearman, whose annotation is found on the profile portrait.

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