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A pair of portraits of Mr and Mrs Cropper: he, Edward Cropper (d. c. 1878), seated in a wooden chair, in black coat, grey waistcoat, black tied cravat, gem-set ring on his left hand, a pair of spectacles in his right hand, his arm resting on a table with papers, draped red curtain background; she, the Hon. Margaret Cropper, née Denman (1815-1899), seated in mauve upholstered wooden chair, in black velvet dress with white lace collar and cuffs, white lace shawl over her fair centre-parted upswept hair, wearing gold bracelets, holding a white handkerchief; window in background, the sill set with vase of flowers
on ivory
rectangular with arched tops, 7 5/8 x 6 (193 x 150 mm.) and 7 7/16 x 5 15/16 in. (190 x 150 mm.), gilt mounts within velvet-lined wooden frames
A paper label on the back of the portrait of Mrs Cropper is inscribed in ink 'No 1 Portrait of Honble Mrs Edward Cropper by Edward Tayler of 7 Conduit Street Westbourne Terrace' (2)
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Edward Cropper was the second husband of the Hon. Margaret Denman, daughter of Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman of Dovedale (1779-1854), Solicitor-General to Queen Caroline, Attorney-General to King William IV between 1830 and 1832, and Lord Chief Justice between 1832 and 1850; and his wife, Theodosia Anne Vevers, later styled Baroness Denman of Dovedale. The portraits may have been painted to mark their marriage on 10 August 1848.

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