Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sir William Charles Ross 1794-1860

Painted by Ross c.1809.  Woman and Child as Venus and Cupid.  Apparently only fifteen when he painted this unusual and romantic composition, it is believed to be the first miniature that the artist exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.

Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), who taught Ross.   Miss Charlotte Cracroft (later Lady de Hochepied Larpent) c.1812. Master and pupil paint the same sitter, fourteen years apart.

Signed and dated 1826.  Lady de Hochepied Larpent.  Ross's mature style

Drawing  by Ross of Elizabeth Horrocks (nee Miller) c.1856, a few years before Ross's death in 1860.  Mrs. Horrocks was the sister of Thomas Miller, the industrial despot on whom Charles Dickens based Mr. Bounderby in his novel 'Hard Times'. This drawing is now in the Harris Museum in Preston. (www.harrismuseum.org.uk)

The details and images of Venus and Cupid and Mrs. Horrocks are courtesy of Mr. Andrew Sim (www.simfineart.com) to whom we offer our thanks.

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