• Portrait of Alexander Mitchell of Stow, Midlothian -
    Price on request

    Half-length, in painted frame

    Signed on painted frame lower left: J Russell R.A. pinx.t/1790


    60 by 44.5 cm., 23 ½ by 17 ½ in.



    By descent from the sitter to Fanny Georgina Jane Mitchell (d.1917);

    Her second husband, Donald James Mackay, 11th Lord Reay (1839-1921);

    Given to his godson Captain Hubert Charles Poulet Hamilton of Moyne House, near Durrow, Co. Laios, Ireland (1915-2007);

    By descent until 2017


    Born in Guildford, the son of a bookseller, Russell was the pre-eminent portrait painter in pastel of the late eighteenth century. He studied under Francis Cotes, R.A. in about 1767 and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1770. He exhibited 329 pictures at the Royal Academy and at the height of his fame he charged 30 guineas for head portrait and £150 for large full-lengths, similar to the President of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds. The present portrait dates from 1790, when he was at the heights of his powers and had just been appointed Painter to the King. 

  • Portrait of Philip Glover of Heacham and Sedgeford, Norfolk -

    Pastel and black chalk on blue laid paper Approx. 26.7 by 21.1 cm., 10 ½  by 8 ¼  in.


    Probably Edwin Lawrence, 1894;.

    Dr C.R. Rudolf (Lugt no. 2811b) (1884-1974); With the Maas Gallery, London, where bought by Walter Brandt, 1963; By descent until 2019

    Lieutenant Philip Glover (1773-1816) served in the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. He married Launce Campbell (b. 1770) of Scotland and they had six children.

    This drawing belongs to a group of quickly executed pastel sketches with an immediacy which his finished works lack. It is probably part of a portfolio of life-size head studies by Russsell recorded by Williamson in the collection of Edwin Lawrence (see G.C. Williamson, John Russell R.A., 1894, p.151). Drawings from this group are in the Yale Center for British Art and the Ashmolean Museum. Another was sold as part of the Colin Hunter collection at Sotheby’s on 11th July 1991, lot 77.

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