James Sharples, c. 1802, Portrait of Sarah Hackett
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|James Sharples, c. 1802 Pastel of card. Portrait of Sarah Hackett, c. 1802 Portrait of Sarah Hacket, in profile. Period wood gilt frame. 23.75 cms. X 19 cms. ( 1/4 X 7 1/2 inches). The reverse of the frame inscribed “Sarah Hackett at Miss Mary Cottles Ladies Boarding School. Portland Square, Bristol, aged 17 years.” James Sharples was born in Lancashire, England, c. 1751. Said to be a pupil of Romney, Sharples exhibited in Liverpool in 1774 and at the RA, London from 1779 - 1785. Sharples was virtually the only serious pastellist active in the USA, leading to great demand for his portraits. He made trips to the USA, arriving in New York in 1796, remaining in the country until 1801, and then from 1809 until his death. He is recorded as working in Bristol at the time this drawing was executed. There is a record of a Joseph Cottles owning a bookstore at the Corner of High and Corn Street. Around the corner from this bookstore there was a boarding school for young ladies, run by the author Hannah More and her sisters. It is presumed there is some connection here with one of the sisters and the Cottles name.|