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John Russell, R.A. (Guildford 1745-1806 Hull)
John Russell, R.A. (Guildford 1745-1806 Hull)

Portrait of Miss S.D. Chambers, full-length, in a white dress, seated with a dog, in a river landscape

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John Russell, R.A. (Guildford 1745-1806 Hull)
Portrait of Miss S.D. Chambers, full-length, in a white dress, seated with a dog, in a river landscape
signed and dated 'J. Russell, R.A. 1798'
oil on canvas
92½ x 57½ in. (235 x 146.1 cm.)
Provenance
Rev. G.H. Platt; Christie's, 16 June 1900, lot 119 (1,650 gns. to Agnew).
Acquired from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, in 1912, by Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray.
Literature
G.C. Williamson, John Russell, R.A., London, 1894, p. 159, when owned by Rev. George Platt.
C. Anson, A Catalogue of Pictures and Drawings in the Collection of The Viscount Cowdray, London, 1971, p. 26, no. 74, plate 48 (on the Landing).
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1795, no. 151.
Leeds, Leeds Art Museum, 1884.
London, Royal Academy, 1910, no. 133.

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John Russell was initially apprenticed to Francis Cotes but set up on his own in 1767. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1770, where he won the Silver medal for figure drawing, exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1768 and then annually at the Royal Academy from 1769 to 1806. He is best known for his portraits in pastel, and was appointed Crayon Painter to King George III and to George, Prince of Wales, in 1788, but also executed portraits in oil such as this portrait.

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