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John Russel "H.J. Baines, Colonel of "York Volunteer Corps" and his wife", two pastels, 1804
Price: 9000 EUR
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Executed in 1804 (i.e. shortly before the artist's death in 1806), these two supreme quality pastels are important works of one of England's best pastelists of that period, John Russel.
These two works have resurfaced at the January 2018 sale of auction house "Golding Young" (Bourne, Lincolnshire, England). Offered as part of the inventory of Baines family's estate, these pastels were immediately included by Neil Jeffares in the online edition of his "Dictionary of pastelists before 1800" (see our image nr.18 and CLICK HERE).
Both portraits show Hewley John Baines (1762-1830); from 1804/05 - Colonel of the British "York Volunteer Corps" Regiment and his wife (from 1786) - Mary Baines, nee Mortimer (1764-1826). The identities of both sitters are provided in nametags attached to frames.
In that period (late 1790s - early 1800s), Hewley John Baines was the owner of the "Bell Hall" estate in village Naburn by York, Northern England (CLICK HERE). In 1794, he became a captain of the newly formed "York Volunteer Corps". In 1796, he was appointed a major, and in 1803 - a lieutenant-colonel (English art dealer Peter Cameon had recently sold a silver gorget that once belonged to Baines (see our image nr.21).
The name of Colonel Baines' wife was - as already mentioned - Mary Baines (1762-1826). She was the daughter of Timothy Mortimer, Esq. The couple had a son Hewley Mortimer Baines, who after his father's death in 1830 inherited the Bell Hall estate (see our images nr.20), as well as three daughters.
The British archives retain records of extensive correspondence between the Baines family members, including those concerning the sitters of the portraits offered here (see our image nr.19 and CLICK HERE).
Another portrait of Hewley John Baines (executed by anonymous painter in oil painting technique) was offered at the same auction sale (see our image nr.22).
John Russel (1745 Guildford- 1806 Hull) was a pupil of Francis Cotes, from 1772 - an associate, from 1788 - a member of the Royal Academy, and from 1789 - a court painter. He lived in London and was especially known as first-class pastel portraitist.
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See also our images nr.23-32 for a number of works by John Russel that were offered at the international art auction market in the last years.
Condition: good; in original frames (frames have never been opened)
Creation Year: 1804
Object Type:Framed pastels
Style: Old Master drawings
Technique: both: pastel on vellum, mounted on stretcher by the artist
Inscription:portrait of the wife is signed and dated: "J.Russel R.A. pinxit /1804"
Creator: John Russel
Creator Dates: 1745 Guildford-1806 Hull
Nationality:English / British
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