Mulitiple Portrait of the Harvey Family of Norwich
Painted by the Artist George Clint ARA. Probably commissioned by Maj Gen Robert John Harvey in the early 1840s
Ranking nee Harvey (1805-1865), 5th daughter of John
Harvey of Thorpe Lodge (8).
Savill Onley (1795-1890), son of Charles
Savill Onley of Stisted Hall.
Missing? Charlotte Mary Harvey (1793- 1869). Charlotte was the wife of Maj Gen Sir Robert John Harvey and hence would be expected to be in the above portrait. The fact that she is not identified may indicate that some of the faces are not correctly labled. She could possibly be No 9 and her father certainly looks like No 13.
The Artist George Clint
George Clint (1770-1854) was a portrait painter and engraver. There are 4 portraits of him in the National Portrait Gallery in London and a number of other works by him mainly portraits but also a number of works of other artists but engraved by him. He began his career as a miniature painter in Leadenhall Street, London. He learned the technique of mezzotint engraving from Edward Bell, the nephew of John Bell the publisher. George first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1802, but it was not until the 1820s that his career began to flourish. He established a reputation as a painter of theatrical subjects. George practised mainly as a portrait painter throughout his career, but he is also remembered for his theatrical scene paintings. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1821; however, his lack of true historical style possibly prevented him from becoming an RA, and he resigned from the Royal Academy in 1835 after a series of scenes from Shakespeare failed to earn him the expected recognition. George married the daughter of a small farmer in Berkshire and by her he had five sons and four daughters. Of his sons, Raphael Clint (1797-1849), Scipio Clint (1806-1889) and Alfred Clint (1807-1883) also became artists of varying degrees.
George Clint ARA is also recorded as painting Sir Robert John Harvey KCB, 1835 (see Norfolk Portraits, Vol 2, page 174) also Sir John's three daughters Maria, Julia and Emma (Norfolk Portraits, Vol 2, page 171) and his son John Edmund Harvey. George also painted a miniature of Miss Anna Maria Bacon (Norfolk Portraits, Vol 2, page 183).
This image is from the collection as 'Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery). www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk The image should not be copied without permission from the Norfolk Museum.