Charles Allingham b. 1776
Portrait of The Stewart-McKenzie family Corfu, circa 1843.
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Bears inscription on the reverse of the canvas "C Allingham fecit, refecit T A Telfer.
The group portrait is thought to represent Mary Frances Stewart-MacKenzie his wife and five of their children, after his demise at the time of his tenure from 1841-43 as the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands.
James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (23 September 1784 to 24 September 1843), was a Scottish politician and British colonial administrator.
Born James Alexander Stewart, the son of Vice Admiral Keith Stewart (who died when James was eleven), he assumed the surname Stewart-Mackenzie after his marriage on 21 May 1817 to Mary Elizabeth Frederica Mackenzie, daughter of Francis Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth.
Stewart-Mackenzie was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ross-shire in 1831. When that constituency was abolished in 1832, he was elected for the new Ross and Cromarty, serving until 1837.
He was then Governor of Ceylon from 1837 to 1841, and was Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian islands until 1843.
Charles Allingham was a successful portrait painter. Many works were engraved after his paintings by S W Reynolds, J. Flight and G. Clint. His portrait of the poet Thomas Dermody is in the Dublin Gallery. Between 1802 and 1812 he exhibited numerous portrait and genre scenes at the Royal Academy.
One of the children holds a flag on which are painted a peninsula and small islands. This is thought to be a representation by impression, of the Greek Islands.
The painting is housed in its original gilded frame.