Sir William Charles Ross, RA (British, 1794-1860) Isabella, Dowager Viscountess Harwarden (née Monck) (1759-1851), seated in a red upholstered chair, wearing cyan blue dress with cream lace collar and cuffs, the blue waistband held with a sapphire and pearl buckle, black lace shawl, white turban over her ringlets, held with a ribbon bow beneath her chin, she holds in her right hand an eye glass on a gold chain about her neck, red curtain and woodland beyond
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Sir William Charles Ross, RA (British, 1794-1860) Isabella, Dowager Viscountess Harwarden (née Monck) (1759-1851), seated in a red upholstered chair, wearing cyan blue dress with cream lace collar and cuffs, the blue waistband held with a sapphire and pearl buckle, black lace shawl, white turban over her ringlets, held with a ribbon bow beneath her chin, she holds in her right hand an eye glass on a gold chain about her neck, red curtain and woodland beyond
Sold for £4,800 (US$ 7,837) inc. premium

Lot Details
Sir William Charles Ross, RA (British, 1794-1860)
Isabella, Dowager Viscountess Harwarden (née Monck) (1759-1851), seated in a red upholstered chair, wearing cyan blue dress with cream lace collar and cuffs, the blue waistband held with a sapphire and pearl buckle, black lace shawl, white turban over her ringlets, held with a ribbon bow beneath her chin, she holds in her right hand an eye glass on a gold chain about her neck, red curtain and woodland beyond.
Signed on the reverse, dated and inscribed Uppr Charlotte St/ Fitzroy Sqr/ Painted by W. C. Ross/ 1823/ Portrait of Isabella/ Dow.r Viscountess Hawarden/ No.6, gilt-metal frame.
Rectangular, 107mm (4 3/16in) high
Provenance: Christie's, 16 November 1976, lot 42
Purchased in 1977
Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1824, no.684
Art on The Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, The Courtauld Gallery, 18 October 2001-20 January 2002
Raeburn's Rival: Archibald Skirving 1749-1819, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 22 January - 5 April 1999, no.136
Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September – 11 December 2005, no.59
Literature: Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 1999, p.72-3
Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.48-9 and 75, ill.col.pl.17

Footnotes

  • Anne Isabella Monck was born in Charleville, Kilmacanoge, County Wicklow, Ireland. She married, as his third wife, Cornwallis Maude (1729-1803), 1st Viscount Hawarden on 3 June 1777 in Dublin. In addition to a son and a daughter from his second marriage, Cornwallis and Isabella had eleven children, Isabella (1779-1859), Cornwallis (1780-1856), who succeeded his half brother as 3rd Viscount Hawarden, Georgiana (1781-1807), Alicia (1782-1866), Charlotte (1783-1874), Robert (1784-1861), Mary (1786-1877), James (1786-1841), John (1792-1860), Emily (1794-1884) and Francis (1798-1886). As a young Lady, Anne was painted in miniature by Charles Robertson.

    The present lot shows the mastery of Sir William Charles Ross as a painter, and in particular, his ability to capture not only a likeness but the whole character of his sitters.
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