Maria Marow Gideon and Her Brother, William

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Maria (1767–1834) and William (1775–1805) were the children of Sir Sampson Gideon, who paid Reynolds £300 for this painting in 1787. Maria later married Gregory, 14th Lord Saye and Sele, while William, having risen to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army, died aged just 30. The portrait marks a high watermark in Reynolds’s late style: grand, imposing and stylish. Both sitters wear the very latest fashions: Maria in white and black with a dash of blue in the silk sash, William in a cutaway coat, double-breasted waistcoat, buff breeches and jockey boots.

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Maria Marow Gideon and Her Brother, William




oil on canvas


H 240 x W 148 cm

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accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by HM Government and allocated to the Henry Barber Trust (for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts)

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