Object of the Month
Ivory portrait miniature of Mary Ickeringill 1790s
In an act of extreme generosity, this rare ivory portrait relief was recently presented to the Museum by a Friend of the Holburne. Made in Bath by virtuoso carvers Stephany and Dresch in the 1790s, the relief depicts Mary Ickeringill, the sister of the donor’s great-great grandmother Ann Wilson (nee Ickeringill).
The Ickeringills were a Yorkshire family and the relief must have been carved during a visit to Bath. The portrait is surrounded by a garland of Stephany and Dresch’s characteristic miniature carvings of flowers. It perfectly complements two Stephany and Dresch ivory landscapes already in the collection, acquired by Sir William Holburne.The relief is currently being conserved and reframed, after which it will be displayed in the Andrew Fletcher Gallery. It forms part of a growing collection of miniatures, silhouettes and portrait reliefs made in Bath during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
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Our Quiz evening was great fun with tables of six people competing to answer a series of fiendish questions on a Georgian theme. A delicious dinner afterwards was kindly provided by members of the Friends' committee and proved to be a very jolly and sociable occasion. For anyone who missed it, here are the questions and answers to try out at home.