Wigram Print – shortlisted for Museum Object of the Year 2020
This period print of the Wigram Family was recently acquired on eBay for the princely sum of 99 pence, including P&P! The seller was generous enough to honour the sale and included the added bonus of a list of all the sitters in the print, including the lady and infant depicted in a portrait hanging on the wall in the scene! We believe that this list of names adds new knowledge to the art history of this print; the engravings having been taken from miniatures of the Wigram family by John Smart. It may even help to identify some of Smart’s miniatures currently labelled “unknown sitter”.
It’s a great addition to our museum collection; shedding new light on the fascinating story of Money Wigram. One of 22 siblings, Money was a shipping magnate and at one time owner of Moor Place, Much Hadham. The family story takes us through the naval supremacy of the late Georgian era, when the Wigrams were both ship builders and involved in South Sea whaling. Their trade provided the oil to fuel the Industrial Revolution which characterised the Victorian era. The museum has plans for an exhibition about the fascinating Wigram family in the future.
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