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Batenham, G.

Date and place of birth:
Date and place of death:
(fl) c 1800-1820
Known places of work:
Known techniques:
Painted on glass
Known materials:
Black & rectangular frames
Not Recorded


G. Batenham was an itinerant artist, working in England for a period of approximately twenty years. He worked primarily with glass, and had a rather unique ‘layering’ technique for creating depth in his profiles.

Little is known about G Batenham’s life or career. Trade labels place him in St Asaph, Caernarvon and Chester, giving the impression that he was primarily an itinerant artist. Most of the known examples of G Batenham’s work are framed with a black, rectangular frame filled with black glass, with a verre églomise oval in the middle upon on which the silhouette is painted.

Typically, Batenham silhouettes were constructed with layers of glass, which gave them the impression of depth. Two sheets of glass were layered with a piece of paper underneath. On the underside of the top sheet would be the silhouette, on the second the interior of the room, and on the piece of paper would be the view outside the window. The base was generally fingerpainted in black watercolour. His work shows good artistic ability and an attention to detail beyond the average.

Additional research about G. Batenham:

Source: McKechnie (Author of, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860)

Batenham, G. (McKechnie Section 3)