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Chantry Fine Art Collection

Subject:  Portrait of a Young Lady

Artist:  Sir John Gilbert RA PRWS [1817 - 1897]

Provenance:  see below

Date:    c1851    

Size:  painting 16” x 12” [glazed]  frame 30” x 25”    

Condition:  Very Fine

Frame:   The frame and its arched inner mount is 20th century and is glazed.

Details:   This beautiful portrait of an unidentified young lady with ringlets in her hair is by Sir John Gilbert.      

He was one of the foremost watercolour artists of his day, eventually becoming President of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1871 and remaining as such until his death in 1897.     

He was knighted in 1872.


He started his career as an estate agent, but changed to painting, originally as an illustrator. He illustrated some 150 books and produced the staggering total of 30000 illustrations for the Illustrated London News.      

But from 1851 he worked almost exclusively in watercolour or coloured chalks, as in this portrait which shows him at the height of his powers.         

It is not signed, but as a pair to the portrait which is signed is fully attributed to Gilbert.       

The young lady in question is probably the daughter of the more mature woman.      

The condition is very fine. The frame and its arched inner mount is 20th century and is glazed.


Size: Portrait   16” x 12”.     Frame 30” x 25”

Price: £650

Please note the following: Chantry Fine Art are happy to supply buyers with a photographic image of this item and believe that all of the details given are correct to the best of their knowledge. Buyers may wish to carry out their own research and again, Chantry Fine Art are more than happy to supply any information that might assist - you can contact Chantry Fine Art either by telephone or email.

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