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Peter Rouw

(1771-1852)

Artist associated with 7 portraits
Peter Rouw was a London sculptor and wax modeller. He exhibited his works at the Royal Academy of Arts

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James Watt, by Peter Rouw - NPG 183

James Watt

by Peter Rouw
wax medallion, 1802
On display in the Room 13 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 183

Mary (née Kent), Lady Thorold, by William Skelton, after  George Francis Joseph, after  Peter Rouw - NPG D40317

Mary (née Kent), Lady Thorold

by William Skelton, after George Francis Joseph, after Peter Rouw
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D40317

William Thorold, by Henry Bone, after  Peter Rouw - NPG D17620

William Thorold

by Henry Bone, after Peter Rouw
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, June 1809 (exhibited 1806)
NPG D17620

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Caroline Farrow

25 March 2018, 15:27



I now have a newspaper clipping confirming Louisa Rouw (1804-1864), is the daughter of Theophilus Rouw - Sculptor. She married John James 1856. Her death 3 APR 1864 • 9 Woodfield-terrace Harrow Road, Middlesex England. She would therefore be the niece of Peter Rouw. Also confirming she is the sister of Sarah Farrow nee Rouw (1806-1884) and Theodore Henry Rouw (1802-1857) marble carver.

Caroline Farrow

18 March 2018, 12:21

I believe Wendy McGregor's information of Peter Rouw's parents also to be correct. After further searching I also believe the Peter Rouw Snr concept developed out of websites and again like Wendy believe Peter the Elder to be a relative or perhaps the father of Hendrick. There is a notation of a Death1807 • LONDON ENGLAND 'Rouw was a sculptor and wax modeller who worked in a similar style to his son Peter Rouw II. Literary References: Gunnis 1968, 332; Pyke 1973, 123' - Again, I think it more an assumption that the noted to be father and son due to skills and name only. All other historical documents such as marriage certificates and birth certificates seem to indicate otherwise.
DNA tests have proved my connection, which above all else mean the lineage is correct. It is now a case of putting all the factual documentation (that is still coming to light) into its correct order and piece together the correct relationships.
Kind regards
Caroline Farrow.

Wendy McGregor

14 January 2018, 04:10

Hi, I have also been researching the Rouw family of London, my connection is through my 4x ggrandfather Theophilus Rouw. Caroline Farrow has put up great info already, in my research I believe that as well as the siblings Peter, Theophilus and Henry there were also Mary-Ann, Sarah, John and Caroline but as no other information comes to light it seems they may have all passed away as infants. Baptism records all show the parents were Hendrick (Henry) and Elizabeth Rouw, Peter's 3rd marriage has his father as Henry Rouw. Hendrick Rouw married Elizabeth Clemmes on 11th February 1768 at St Mary-St Marylebone Road. It would be great to know how the Peter Elder and Younger/Junior information developed as this is on all the websites, I have speculated that Hendrick's father or relative may have been a Peter. Peter was buried on 16th Dec 1852 at St Mary's Islington, his brothers Theophilus (19 Oct 1842) and Henry (13 Jun 1855) are buried in the same grave at Kensal Green Cemetery - this information came to me via another relative's quest. Theophilus had a son Theodore Henry Rouw who in 1851 census is noted as a Marble Carver and was also buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.
We are trying to locate the 3 family portraits (in oil colour by G.F. Joseph) as noted in Peter's will and left to his grandson William - one of Peter, his first wife Ann and one of his son Theodore GFY as a boy. If someone knows where they are or may have images of them it would be so gratefully appreciated if they could send copies to this gallery.
Appreciate any help we can get to solve the disappearance of the paintings, thank you for your time taken to read my message
Kind regards
Wendy McGregor

Caroline Farrow

22 February 2017, 10:33

I am Peter Rouw jnr, 5th great niece Caroline Farrow. His father Peter Rouw Senior being my 5th Grandfather.
Peter jnr is one of three brothers (that I have thus far found) Henry Rouw 1775-1855 (sculptor) and Theophilus Rouw (sculptor) 1779-1842.
Peter Rouw jnr is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, as is his brother Henry.
Peter Rouw jnr married 3 times Anna unknown ( ?-1805) marriage date unknown, Patience Tew (1800-1849) marriage 1817 and Ann Rutt (1802-1862) marriage 1851.
I have confirmed 3 children to his first wife Anna (?) death 1805, Theodore George Frances Young Rouw 1793– before 1856, Louisa Sophia Rouw 1800- ? and Henrietta Eliza Rouw 1801-1802.
I hope you find some of this information helpful.
Kind regards
Caroline Farrow


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