5 - 6 October 2004
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF HALSTED B. VANDER POEL
GEORGE ROMNEY (Dalton-in-Furness 1734-1802 Kendal)
Portrait of Michael Russell (1711-1793), seated, with Dover Castle beyond
oil on canvas
50½ x 40¼ in. (128.3 x 102.2)
Sir Henry Russell, 1st Bart. (1751-1836), and then by descent to
Sir George Russell, 5th Bart., Swallowfield Park, Reading, Berkshire.
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.
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Lady Russell, Swallowfield and its Owners, 1901, illustrated facing p. 252.
H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney, London, 1904, II, pp. 137-8.
London, British Institution, 1862, no. 199.
The sitter, a merchant, was the son of Michael Russell of Maison-Dieu, Dover. He married in 1745, Hannah, daughter of Henry Henshaw Esq. of Dover. A number of sittings for 'Mr. Russell' are recorded in Romney's Diaries between 1777-81 and the artist was paid £42 in November 1782 for the present portrait.
The prime version of this portrait appears to be the one in the collection of Dover Museum, Kent which passed by descent in the Russell family until 2000. The provenance and literature listed almost certainly relate to that painting rather than the present work.
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