A Portrait miniature, late 18th century, of unknown lady, watercolour on ivory

Artist/Maker JOHN RUSSELL RA (1745-1806)
Dimensions 5.70cm high   
Description A pretty portrait of a young lady wearing a grey dress with matching ribbon entwined in her orange hair and white lace fichu ,set in a gold coloured frame

Russell was a pupil of Francis Cotes, one of the pioneers of English pastel painting, and, like Cotes, was an admirer of the pastel drawings of Rosalba Carriera whose methods influenced his technique of "sweetening". Russell set up his own studio, in London, in 1767. Russell's work caused him to travel extensively around Britain. In 1772, he wrote Elements of Painting with Crayons, by which time he had won premiums for his drawings from the Society of Arts in 1759 and 1760, and entered the Royal Academy school of art in 1770, winning its gold medal for figure drawing the same year. He exhibited at the Society of Artists of Great Britain in 1768 and showed 330 works at the Academy between 1769 until and his death.

n 1790, he was appointed Crayon (pastel) Painter to King George III, Queen Charlotte, the Prince of Wales (both of whom Russell also painted) and the Duke of York. With such royal patronage, he developed a large and fashionable clientele.. He was known chiefly for his portrait in crayon and oil, but he did paint a few miniatures - of which this is a rare signed example .
Signed Signed on the obverse and dated 178(8?)
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 2164
Price £1900.00
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