A recently auctioned painting by Henry Daniel Thielcke: Portrait pair of Mr. and Ms. Samuel Wentworth Monk
Canadian art by Henry Daniel Thielcke (1788/89-1874) - Portrait pair: Samuel Wentworth Monk (1792-1865) and Mrs. Samuel Wentworth Monk (née Anne Amelia Gugy) each titled on plaques recto; the latter inscribed on the reverse on the canvas.
Note on the original canvas
"Mrs. Wentworth-Monk nee Anne-Amelia Gugy" two oils on canvas each approximately 74.2 by 61 cm. 29 by 24 in. English-born Thielcke advertised his services as a miniature and portrait painter in Quebec thoughout most of the 1830's and 40's.
The former portrait painter of Her Late Royal Highness, Duchess of York proved to be a worthy rival to Antoine Plamondon's portrait commissions in Quebec City. Both he and Plamondon shared the honour of being the only artists with studios in the House of Assembly of Lower Canada. Thielcke is perhaps best known for his painting Presentation of a Newly Elected Chief of the Huron Tribe in the Collection of the Chateau Ramezay, Montreal.
This lot is accompanied by Samuel Wentworth Monk's original commission appointing him Barrister and Attorney, dated 1814, and the original marriage contract between the sitters. PROVENANCE: The Estate of John Laurel Russell, Gananoque EXHIBITED: Early Canadian Faces, The Royal Ontario Museum, April 7 - September 10, 1978 LITERATURE: J. Russell Harper, Early Painters and Engravers in Canada, Toronto, 1970, p. 306 2)
Lot 58: Canadian Art HENRY DANIEL THIELCKE (1788/89-1874) PORTRAIT PAIR: SAMUEL WENTWORTH MONK (1792-1865); and MRS. SAMUEL WENTWORTH MONK (n‚e ANNE AMELIA GUGY) each titled on plaques recto; the latter inscribed on the reverse on the canvas. Note on the Auction House: Ritchies Auctioneers
Auction Location: Canada
Auction Date: 2004
About Samuel Wentworth Monk
Monk, Samuel Wentworth (1792-1865), prothonotary of the court of Queen's Bench, Montreal (1815-65), was born at Windsor, Nova Scotia , on May 3, 1792, the third son of Major Monk and his wife, Elizabeth Wentworth, and the nephew of Sir James Monk. He was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1813; but in 1815 he was appointed, through the influence of his uncle, prothonotary of the court of King's Bench, Montreal, and this post he occupied until his death, at Montreal, on March 13, 1865, fifty years later.
Source : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada , Vol. IV, Toronto , University Associates of Canada , 1948, 400p., p. 320.