Thomas Harvey of Norwich
The inscription along the top of the painting reads 'Thomas Harvey Esq Born 1711. Died 1772. Mayor of Norwich 1748. 4th son of J Harvey Esq of Beacham Well, Norfolk. Married Lydia, daughter of Jeremiah Ives Esq Mayor of Norwich 1733.'
I do not know who the artist was for certain however it should be noted that this portrait is a similar style to that of Thomas's wife (Portrait of Lydia Harvey) and both portraits have the same dimensions 50 x 40 inches. Presumably these were companion portraits. Lydia Harvey's portrait was painted in 1742 by John Theodore Heins so it is highly likely that the above portrait was also painted by Heins in 1742. It should be noted that Heins also painted a pair of portraits of Thomas's brother Peter and his wife Elizabeth. Heins also painted portraits of Thomas's brother John Harvey and their father John Harvey.
His portrait is also mentioned in the book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Vol 2, undated but published around 1928. Norwich, Holmwood, Thorpe, the property of Col J R Harvey, later moved to Windover, Burlesdon, Hants. Page 105. The portrait now hangs in the Art Office of the Charlotte Country Day School, North Carolina, USA.
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