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Sir William Charles Ross "Lady with two little children", very large miniature!!, 1840s
Price: 5900 EUR
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Offered here is an exceedingly qualitative and extremely large (25.4 x 18.8cm) miniature on ivory. It is a very typical work of well-known English miniaturist active in the first half of the 19th century - Sir William Charles Ross (for comparison, see our images nr.8-11).
Sir William Charles Ross (1794, London - 1860, ibidem) was born into a well-known artist family. He was a son of William and Maria Ross, both miniaturists. The artist showed artistic ability already at a very early age. In the period from 1807 to 1817 he won prizes (the first one at the age of 13) at the Society of Arts for drawings, historical paintings and portraits. He also executed miniatures. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1809 and 1859. In 1814 he became temporarily the assistant of Andrew Robertson, to whom he was related. Very quickly he became the most sought after English miniaturist of his period and did portraits of all members of the English court and of numerous members of the aristocracy, as well as of large number of foreigners (sic!). Ross painted many distinguished sitters including Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort, their children and other members of the royal family. He also worked a period at the Portuguese court. The artist became A.R.A. in 1838 and R.A. in 1842 and was dubbed knight in the same year. He was a compulsive worker and painted over 2200 miniatures. In 1857 he suffered a paralytic stroke and died unmarried in 1860.
Provenance: English private collection7
Condition: fairly good; somewhat concave; professionally restored vertical split (artist's own join!) in left area; in original Victorian box-frame
Creation Year: 1840s
Measurements:UNFRAMED:25,4x18,8cm/10,0x7,4in FRAMED: 38,2x31,6cm/15,0x12,4in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Sir William Charles Ross
Creator Dates: 1794 London-1860 London
Nationality:English / British
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