Lot 36: Martin Ferdinand Quadal (1736-1808) Portrait of Mr
December 11, 2012
Newbury, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Martin Ferdinand Quadal (1736-1808) Portrait of Mr Henry Clemetshaw, organist of Wakefield Parish Church, (now Wakefield Cathedral) Oil on canvas, Signed and dated 1777 lower right 76 x 68.5cm (30 x 27in) Martin Ferdinand Quadal was a peripatetic artist who is today best known for his depictions of animals. He was in London in the early 1770s, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, and visited Yorkshire between 1777 and 1779, when he would have made the painting of Clemetshaw. He worked and travelled throughout Europe and by the mid-1790s was en route to Russia, where he settled and taught at the Academy. The Rev J L Sisson in his 'Historic Sketch of the Parish Church of Wakefield 1824' refers to Henry Clemetshaw's musical ability and reputation.Henry Clemetshaw was an extremely able and highly respected organist in the district of Wakefield from 1771 until his death at the age of 68 in May 1821. Born in 1753, Henry Clemetshaw would have been 24 years old when Martin Quadal painted this work during the two year period that he was painting in Yorkshire. Clemetshaw was tragically struck blind when he was 4 years of age and it is interesting and clever how the artist has depicted the sitter in a pose that would have required his eyes to be closed naturally and therefore add elegance to the portrait.