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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 635

    Jane Shurlock, née Russell after John Russell, R.A. (Guildford 1745-1806 Hull)

    A pug

    Price Realised  


    Jane Shurlock, née Russell after John Russell, R.A. (Guildford 1745-1806 Hull)
    A pug
    with indistinct inscription 'The favourite/Russells"pug" after/J. Russell R.A./by Jane Mrs. M. (?) Shurlock (from ...(?) Russell)/for C. Shurlock.' (on a label attached to the backboard)
    pastel on buff paper laid on linen
    8 x 7½ in. (20.3 x 19 cm.)

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    The inscription on the back board of this picture suggests it was executed by Mrs. Jane Shurlock. This is likely to be John Russell's daughter, Henrietta Ann Jane Russell, (1781-1857) who married Mr. Robert Shurlock (1779-1847). Russell taught his daughter the art of pastel drawing and she became a talented artist in her own right. The present lot seems to be a copy of the Russell's pug depicted in a portrait of Jane De Courcy, 1802, by John Russell. The De Courcy portrait remained in the possession of the Shurlock-Mainwaring family, see G.C. Williamson, John Russell, R.A., London, 1892, p. 165.
    The inscription on the reverse of the pastel refers to a Mrs. "M" Shurlock; Mr. Shurlock's first name was 'Robert' so it has been suggested that the inital has been misremembered.

    We are grateful to Christian Dettlaff, Guildford House Gallery, for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

    Saleroom Notice

    We would like to thank Neil Jeffares, author of Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800 (London, 2006) for attributing the present lot to Mrs. Jane Faden Shurlock, ne Russell, (the artist's granddaughter), wife of Mainwaring Shurlock, of Chertsey. Mainwaring Shurlock was at one time the owner of the portrait mentioned in the catalogue entry of Jane de Courcy from which this image was copied.

    By descent in the family; Bukowski's Auction House, Stockholm, Sweden, 16-17 February, 2009, where purchased by the present owner as John Russell.

    The estimate to remain at £600-1,000.