Lot 325: Edward Patry (British, 1856-1940) Portrait of Francis
To be sold at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on 17th Mar 2016
Edward Patry (British, 1856-1940) Portrait of Francis Barring Bt 1740-1810, inscribed en verso 'Sir Francis Baring, Study for picture in the Payal Exchange painted by Edward Patry', signed lower left and dated 1927 oil on canvas, unframed, 127 x 81 cm Baring, Sir Francis, first baronet (1740-1810), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Larkbear, Exeter, on 18 April 1740, third of the four surviving sons and one daughter of John Baring (1697-1748) and his wife, Elizabeth Baring daughter of John Vowler, a prosperous Exeter 'grocer' who dealt largely in sugar, spices, teas, and coffee. Despite being partially deaf from an early age, in 1762 Francis Baring established the London merchant house of Barings. He emerged as a powerful merchant banker and by the mid-1790s reckoned that his concerns had been 'more extensive and upon a larger scale than any merchant in this or any other country'. Baring's father, the son of a Lutheran pastor, emigrated from Bremen in 1717 and settled at Exeter, where he became a leading textile merchant and manufacturer, and a landowner; other than the bishop and the recorder, apparently he alone in Exeter kept a carriage. His premature death in 1748 resulted in Francis, aged eight, being brought up and strongly influenced by his mother. Her sound business head doubled her firm's worth and in 1762 she extended the business to London. Notwithstanding these private reverses, the City of London quickly recognized Baring's special qualities and in 1771 the Royal Exchange Assurance, a giant public business, appointed him to its court. He underpinned his directorship, which continued until 1780, with a holding of
Price Achieved: £400.00
This lot was presented at at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on the 17th Mar 2016
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