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Pastel Portrait of a Lady by Sharples

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Portrait of a lady wearing an Empire style dress and a black lace shawl before a window, painted in pastel colours by James or Ellen Sharples, within the original gilded moulding frame with a Verre Églomisé mount. English or American circa 1800. 


An English portrait painter and pastelist, James moved with his family to the United States in 1794 and died in New York City in 1811. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1779.

Ellen Sharples was a painter who specialised in portraits and miniatures. After having been a student of James Sharples and subsequently marrying him in 1787, the couple emigrated to the United States. Living in Washington DC, the Sharples established a successful portraiture practice, with James painting the portraits of American leaders and Ellen copying them on commission. Ellen Sharples also produced original portraits in pastel and watercolour and miniatures on ivory.

14 in x 15.5 in 

Item Code: 3016

£ 1350

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