Miniature Portrait of Frances Marsh nee Graham 1770-1805 of Knightsbridge in the County of Middlesex
Possibly painted by the artist William Naish (died 1800) or Andrew Robertson (1777-1845).
Two versions of this miniature are known to exist one being of a larger size.
On the back is an inscription ‘No4. Francis 2nd wife of William Marsh 2nd daughter of J Graham of Kinross . . . ’. The ‘No4’ is in red ink and this is part of a numbering system applied to a large group of family miniature portraits that are assumed to have belonged to the Miss Marsh-Caldwells at Linley Wood in the late 1800s. The handwriting on the back looks like that of Anne Marsh Caldwell. Presumably the Miss Marsh-Caldwell’s gave the majority of the collection away to other relatives before Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell took possession of the estate in 1913.
Only one miniature from this collection is known to have been passed down and remained in the family but sadly it was stolen in 2000. This was a silhouette portrait of Anne Marsh Caldwell and was numbered 7.
By good luck, a number of the other miniatures have turned up in auctions over the years and so some of this collection has been identified. Col Hopkins is labelled as No1 and Mary Emma Marsh is No18, so we can assume that there were at least 18 miniatures in the collection and possibly more.