21 November 2001
John Russell, R.A. (1745-1806)
Portrait of a girl with a King Charles spaniel, half-length
signed and dated 'John Russell pinxt./1785' (lower left)
23 5/8 x 17¾ in. (60 x 45.2 cm.)
in an 18th century carved and gilded frame in the style of Kent
Purchased by the Bakers of Bayfordbury, Hertfordshire and by descent in the family.
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A pastel of a girl, traditionally identified as Maria, in identical pose holding a spaniel, but with a recorder in her left hand was engraved by P.W. Tomkins and published in 1791. This pastel is in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor.
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