Anna Maria Jenkins; Thomas Jenkins

1 portrait of Anna Maria Jenkins

Anna Maria Jenkins; Thomas Jenkins, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1790 - NPG 5044 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Maria Jenkins; Thomas Jenkins

by Angelica Kauffmann
oil on canvas, 1790
51 in. x 37 1/4 in. (1295 mm x 946 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG 5044


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  • Anna Maria Jenkins (active 1788-1790), Niece of Thomas Jenkins. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Thomas Jenkins (1722-1798), Painter, art dealer and banker in Rome. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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  • Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Painter. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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The art dealer and banker Thomas Jenkins was sometimes considered England's unofficial ambassador in Rome. His niece, Anna Maria, went to live with him in 1788. In 1790 she was searching for a husband and this portrait can be viewed as an advertisement of her charms. The rural setting, with distant view of the Colosseum, her white dress and the flowers she holds, all signify Anna Maria's beauty and purity. Welcoming potential suitors, her uncle takes off his hat and pats the dog - symbol of loyalty - whose collar reads 'Jenkins'.