William Mulready, John Sheepshanks, Portraits, Portrait painting, Household employees in art, Domestic space in art, British painting, Art collectors, Britain, 19th century


Arts and Humanities


The article focuses on the painting Interior, Portrait of John Sheepshanks which was painted by 19th-century British artist William Mulready and commissioned by the sitter, a patron of contemporary British art. The article discusses the relationship of the men, the representation of Sheepshanks's wealth in the portrait and the significance of the maid in the painting. The article goes on to discuss portraits of unidentified domestic servants and Sheepshanks's generosity towards his staff

Published in

The British Art Journal 13, no. 3

Publication status

Published; SherpaRomeo status: Ungraded