“Wagons Roll”

François Théodore Rochard

£975

This cabinet-size portrait miniature was painted by Rochard in 1843 and shows a brother and sister in a pretty garden landscape with a view of hills beyond. Wearing a colourful checked tunic and dainty square-toed shoes, the boy is playing with a toy wagon and horse on wheels. His sister has a spray of flowers on her lap and is wearing a fashionable wide-shouldered dress that is belted at the waist.

Painted in watercolour on card and signed ‘F.R. 1845’, the portrait is housed in a larger than usual papier-mâché frame with a gilt surround and acorn hanger.

François Théodore Rochard (1798-1858) came from a Huguenot family based in Toulouse who were devoted friends and allies of King Henry of Navarre. He travelled to England to join his older brother, a fellow artist. Rochard became a fashionable portrait painter in watercolours and miniature and enjoyed royal patronage. He exhibited miniatures at the Royal Academy between 1820 and 1855.

Item Ref. JH003

Size: framed, 251 x 215mm (10 x 8½")