Portrait of a woman by Sam Shelley, c. 1795
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|Samuel Shelley, c. 1795 Watercolour on ivory. Portrait of a woman with powdered hair, wearing a white gown with blue bows at the bodice, and at the center of the neckline. Black ruffled stole around her shoulders. Braided hair reverse. Gold frame. Oval, 5 cms. X 3.5 cms. (1 3/4 inches X 1 1/2 inches). Contained within lovely easel back travel case. Provenance: David Lavender Antiques, London. Samuel Shelley was born in White Chapel, London, between 1750 and 1756. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1774 at aged 17. He was awarded a premium by the Society of Arts, 1770. Shelley exhibited at the Society of Artists, 1773 and 1775, and at the RA from 1774-1804, as well as the BI and the OWCS of which he was an original member. Portrait miniatures by Shelley are in the collection of the V & A Museum, the Fitzswilliam Museum, Cambridge, the city of Liverpool Museum, and the Ward Usher Museum, Lincoln, as well as major private collections worldwide.|