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Monk with Neapolitan woman

Monk with Neapolitan woman, possibly by Thomas Uwins, 1825 - NPG 3944(10) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Monk with Neapolitan woman

possibly by Thomas Uwins
brown wash and pencil, 1825
7 1/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (184 mm x 149 mm)
Purchased, 1955
Primary Collection
NPG 3944(10)

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  • Thomas Uwins (1782-1857), Painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Protestant Britain's relationship with its Roman Catholic neighbours had long been characterised by suspicion and superstition but also respect. This mixed feeling was true for the English artist, Thomas Uwins who arrived in Italy to advance his training in 1824. His letters home, while indicating the depth of his Protestant faith, also reveal his fascination with the Catholic church and its customs. In October 1827, Uwins wrote to his brother David from Naples describing two works in progress: 'One is a girl confessing to a monk. The girl painted from a real contadina, and the monk from a real capuchin'. This wash drawing is likely to relate to that picture.

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Current affairs

Strikes, contract breaking and worker intimidation prompt the passing of a new Anti-Trade Union Combination Act to the dismay of economist John McCulloch, MP Joseph Hume and radical Francis Place who had worked for the repeal of the previous year.
Catholic Relief Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.

Art and science

Construction of Thames Tunnel begins under the direction of Marc Isambard Brunel.
Stockton to Darlington Railway, the world's first passenger system, opens.
William Hazlitt publishes The Spirit of the Age; twenty-five pen-portraits of his contemporaries in the world of literature, philosophy and politics.

International

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premieres in London.
John Quincy Adams is elected President of the United States.

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