Mingaye Ancestor’s painting turns up
One of the very first posts on this blog on 25 December 2013 was about Dahlia’s Great Grandfather Augustine Joseph Mingaye Richardson who was an artist and stained glass painter and designer who was known by the name of A J Mingaye. He was much married and seemed to use his names interchangeably on his marriage certificates making him a little elusive which was what Dahlia’s post was mainly about.
However earlier this year the post bore interesting fruit. We received a comment from someone who owned a painting by him, was about to sell it and would Dahlia be interested? Needless to say she was, contacted the auctioneer and placed a successful bid. She is now its proud possessor.
Dahlia belongs to the Mingay family society which has a regular newsletter and this reported recently that this find set in motion a “frenzied re-search of the internet for other references or paintings.” This turned up a watercolour signed A J Mingaye dated 1871 entitled “Old Godstow Lock and Nunnery” which was auctioned in 2003 but apparently not sold and also a stained glass window designed by Mingaye installed in 1896 in a church (Our Lady of Help of Christians), in Kentish Town in London in memory of E. Kelly an architect. Other searches have turned up works by his sister Rosa Mingaye.
So the moral of this is get your ancestor’s story out there – who knows what will turn up!