Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Joseph Wade (c.1664 - 1743) 1720s

James Parmentier 

Portrait of Joseph Wade (c.1664 - 1743), James Parmentier
Oil on canvas
18th Century
35 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches 91 x 70.5 cm
Joseph Wade the sculptor, shown here in undress, obeying a popular convention for the portraiture of artists, clutches a bust of Hercules, both as an attribute and an aspiration of his profession. As a decorative mason the most famous project on which he collaborated was the continued building and elaboration at Greenwich Palace. Between 1726 and 1728 he worked in partnership with fellow-sculptor Richard Chichley on the ornamentation of the West Middle Front. This was a lucrative employment. In 1729 he was paid 101 for his solo work on the South Pavilion of Queen Anne's Court-a sum including 8 per face for Corinthian Capitals, 21/107- for forty three modilions and 3 each for two scrolls, carved to a depth of two feet.
James (Jacques) Parmentier was born in Paris and began his career as a pupil of his uncle, Sebastain Bourdon. He was later to work with Charles Delafosse and collaborated with him on their major commissions for Montagu House.

King William III commissioned numerous works for the decoration of the Royal Palace at Het Loo from him in 1695. It was sometime after this that Parmentier returned to England, settling in Yorkshire where he worked as a painter of historical subjects and portraits.

At the city of York he was elected a member of the Society of Virtuosi and is known to have executed two important altar pieces for the Holy Trinity Church in Hull and St Peter's Church in Leeds. Thomas Howard, the Eighth Duke of Norfolk, commissioned him to work at his country seat at Worksop Manor where he painted the remarkable staircase.

Upon the death of Louis Laguerre in 1721 Parmentier returned to live in London.
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