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Thomas Beach (Milton Abbas 1768-1806 Dorchester)

Portrait of Miss Julia Keasberry, full-length, in a white dress with pink ribbon trim and bows, and hat, holding a garland of flowers, in a landscape

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Thomas Beach (Milton Abbas 1768-1806 Dorchester)
Portrait of Miss Julia Keasberry, full-length, in a white dress with pink ribbon trim and bows, and hat, holding a garland of flowers, in a landscape
signed and dated 'T Beach p. 1782' and inscribed 'Julia Keasberry' (upper right, on the tree trunk)
oil on canvas
62 x 45½ in. (157.5 X 115.6 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in the sitter's family to Sir Roger Cary, 2nd Bt.; Christie's, London, 12 March 1980, lot 138.
Acquired by the present owner in 1985 (£35,000).
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Lot Essay

Julia Keasberry, later wife of Thomas Nathaniel Peach, M.P., was the daughter of William Keasberry who was manager of the Theatre Royal in Bath. As a child she made frequent appearances on the stage at Bath between 1777 and 1784. In about 1800 she moved to Newton, Cambridgeshire, with her husband.
Beach is known to have been an enthusiastic attender of plays in Bath and is recorded as also having painted William Keasberry and his wife in circa 1797-8 (E. Beach, Thomas Beach, 1934, pp. 9 and 65, nos. 178-9).

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