John Theodore Heins was born in Germany in 1697. He was also known as Dietrich or Dirck, the German form of Theodore and was probably baptised Johann. He came to England, at some point anglicising his name and settled in Norwich in 1720. He painted many portraits of prominent members of Norfolk society such as Mayors and other dignitaries and received a steady stream of commissions, often painting several members of the family. In addition to painting society figures of Norfolk Heins also travelled to Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. He painted portraits of Handel and also the family of Thomas Gainsborough and the Astley family of Melton Constable. Heins died in Norwich on 10 August 1756 and was buried at St Stephen’s Church.
Two of his portraits of the Gainsborough family hang at Gainsborough´s House, Sudbury. Other examples of his work are held by Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, the National Trust, Norfolk Museum and the University of Dundee.
*Peter Harvey was born in 1709, the 3rd son of John Harvey of Beachamwell, Norfolk. His father was a worsted weaver and became Sheriff of Norwich in 1720, an Alderman in 1722 and Mayor of the City in 1727. He married Elizabeth Blyford on 11 January 1738. After the death of his first wife, he married Sarah Dewing in 1743. Harvey died in 1751. This portrait is mentioned in the book 'Portraits in Norfolk Houses' by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Vol 2, published around 1928, page 105. The painting is listed as being one of several belonging to Col John Robert Harvey (1861-1921) at Holmwood, Thorpe, Norwich, (great nephew of Sir Robert John Harvey, 1785-1860 who owned Mousehold House and Rainthorpe Hall, Norfolk). Heins also painted portraits of Peter’s father and his brother, Thomas Harvey.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||49.5 inches x 39.5 inches (126cm x 100.5cm)|
|Framed Size||57.5 inches x 47.5 inches (146cm x 121cm)|