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Charles Agar

(active 1843-1846), Portrait painter and print publisher

Artist associated with 2 portraits

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Brenda Ann Agar Hollweger

20 May 2021, 08:23

Charles Agar, my great grandfather was a portrait painter around the mid-19th century. He graduated from Christchurch, Oxford, as did his son, Thomas Leyden Agar, a known classics scholar. Charles was married, in Manchester Cathedral I believe, to Isabella Leyden, niece or great niece of Dr. John Leyden, the unsung Scottish genius whose monument can be found in Denholm, south of Edinburgh. Dr. John was a friend of Sir Walter Scott.
Charles trained in an Italian school, Joseph Tanetti, one of his early paintings being The Bury Hunt worked on with fellow student J. Maiden. I still have a print of this, although the original engraving by F Bromley hung in my childhood home in the U.K. I now live in the US.