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Maria Dickons (née Poole)

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Maria Dickons (née Poole), by Alfred Edward Chalon, 1815 -NPG 1962(c) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Maria Dickons (née Poole)

by Alfred Edward Chalon
5 7/8 in. x 5 in. (150 mm x 127 mm)
NPG 1962(c)

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Inscribed: Dickons 1815 Contessa Figaro/sospir.

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In The Marriage of Fiagro 1815.

The Chalon brothers painted a wide variety of subjects, mainly in watercolour. Alfred Chalon became a fashionable portraitist, painting, among others, a very successful head of Princess Charlotte and one of the first portraits of Queen Victoria after her accession. Theatrical caricatures were an unusual genre for him though the V&A Museum has a sizeable collection of them.

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A spirited three-quarter-length as 'the Contessa' in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro, first performed by her to Catalani's 'Susanna' at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, 18 June 1812.

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Probably Chalon sale, Christie's 13 March 1861 (390), as 'Theatrical Reminiscences. Vol. i: a scrapbook containing admirable caricatures of celebrated singers and dancers'; Mrs Florence A. Blake and bought from her 1922.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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