Dated on the front 1738
'Heins. fec: 1738'
Inner frame dimensions of 76cm x 63 cm (30inch x 25inch)
See below for notes
Harvey nee Blyford
of Norwich, Norfolk
Painted by John Theodore Heins (1697-1756)
This portrait is one of a pair. It has written on the front Mrs Peter Harvey of Norwich 1738. This would be Elizabeth Blyford who married Peter Harvey (1709-1755), 11 January, 1738 in Norwich. Peter was the son of John Harvey (1666-1742) and his second wife Mary. The portraits are dated 1738 and so would have been painted in the year they were married. Sadly Elizabeth died young, 18 Octobert 1741, aged 23 and a memorial to her memory exists in Saint Clement's church in Norwich. Peter later made a second marriage to Sarah Dewing in 1743. The portrait is signed 'Heins. fec: 1738'. There is also a note on the back saying painted by 'Haynes' which is a misspelling for the Norwich painter John Theodore Heins (1697-1756) who also painted a number of portraits of other Harvey relatives.
This pair of paintings are recorded in the book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Vol 2, undated but published around 1928. Rainthorpe Hall, The Property of Sir Charles Harvey Bart, 6th August 1907. Page 171, as follows:
No 17. Peter Harvey. H.L. Body full, face turned slightly towards the dexter, dark eyes full, white wig to the shoulders curled. Dress: Grey coat with cerise lining and silver buttons, four buttons on the sleeve cuff, grey waistcoat with silver buttons open, with neckband and ruffle, hat under left arm. Size 30 by 24. Age 30. Date c.1740. Oval corners. Inscribed : "Peter Harvey Esq. of Norwich, painted 1738. Haynes." By Heins. Peter, second son of John Harvey, by Ann his wife, daughter of William Stalham; born 1718; married Elizabeth, daughter of John Ives, of Norwich. He died 1751, aged 42.
No 18. Mrs Peter Harvey. H.L. Body full, face
turned slightly towards the dexter, dark eyes, fair hair, slightly
fulled. Dress: Blue, pointed bodice cut low with white pleated
Medici collar, short sleeves, white elbow-sleeves, diamond ornament
at the breast, and clasping the bodice just below, blue silk drapery
over the left arm and behind. Size 30 by 24. Age about
20. Date c. 1740. Inscribed: "Mrs Peter Harvey
painted 1738 Haynes." Heins. Elizabeth, daughter of
John Ives, of Norwich, married to Peter Harvey. She died 18th
October 1741, aged 23.
In fact I understand that her maiden name was Blyford and not Ives. This is probably a mix up with her brother in law's wife (Thomas Harvey 1711-1772 married Lydia Ives 1718-1805).