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Monumental antique 1890 oil painting on canvas of Robert Heath (1816-1893) by Hugh de Twenebrokes Glazebrook (1855-1937). Painted a few years before Heath's death featuring a full length portrait of him dressed in formal attire with hat, cane and mutton chops. Displayed in gold gilt frame by Chapman Bros Carvers, Gilders, & Frame Makers of London England.
Hugh de Twenebrokes Glazebrook was a English/British portrait and landscape painter. He was born at Hampstead and educated at Dulwich College. He lived in Toronto, Canada for a while and then returned to London. He studied art at South Kensington under, in Paris at the atelier Bonnat, and at other places in Europe.
Glazebrook was active in exhibiting between 1885 and 1928, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, Fine Arts Society, London Salon and New Gallery in London, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Hibernian Academy, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery. In 1891 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Robert Heath (14 August 1816 – 7 October 1893) was a British Conservative Party politician and MP for Stoke, responsible for much development of the coal and iron industries in North Staffordshire, employing as many as 5000 persons in 1870.
Robert Heath was educated at Dr. Magnus's School at Etruria Hall and entered his professional career, at the early age of fourteen, by assisting his father, who was then the manager of the Clough Hall Collieries and Ironworks, to which appointment he succeeded, on the death of his father, in 1849.
In 1854 Mr. Heath resigned the managership of the Clough Hall Works and joined the late Mr. Stainer in building the Silverdale and Kunthon Forges under the style of Stainer & Heath. Mr. Heath subsequently leased and developed various important coal-mining and other properties, in which he was most successful. Year by year witnessed great extension and development of the various works owned by him, and the enormous concern now owned by Messrs. R. Heath & Sons is the result of his remarkable energy and enterprise.
In 1886 he retired from active business, but his interest in the great firm he had so well established was maintained to the end of his remarkably useful and successful life. He sat as M.P. for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1874 to 1880 and filled various other important public positions. He was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and took a lively and active interest in its establishment and welfare.
He was elected a Member of Council in 1870, and, besides being the author of a paper in 1871 on the iron ores of South Staffordshire, he was a frequent and valued contributor to the discussions.
Good Overall condition, wear and distressing commensurate with age and use. Some paint loss, crazing and past repairs to canvas. Canvas applied to board. Wear to frame.
65" x 102", sans frame 52.25" x 89.5"