Extremely fine pastel portrait of a young lady was executed in the late18 h century and due to the style , quality, time and technique is authentical work of one of the best British pastelists late 18th century John Russel ( Guildford 1745 - 1806 Hull ). John Russel was a pupil of Francis Cote, from 1772 an associate, from 1788 member of the Royal Academy and from 1789 court painter. He lived in London and was especially known as first-class pastel portraitist.Our additional images showing few identical other Russel´s pastels. Full biography of John Russel with a lot of images see also in Wikipedia under following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Russell_%28painter%29
Literature: Williamson, G. C. John Russell, R.A.. London, 1894; Thieme/Becker Vo11, 1915; Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800; John Russle online (Artcyclopedia).
Technique: pastel on stretched vellum under original glas, luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed 11 5/8" x 14 1/2 " (29,5 x 37 cm ), framed w 14 1/4 " x h 16 1/2" (36 x 42 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.