Mrs. William Man Godschall (Sarah Godschall, 1730–1795)

Artist: John Russell (British, Guildford 1745–1806 Hull)

Date: 1791

Medium: Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas

Dimensions: 23 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (60.3 x 45.1 cm)

Classification: Pastels & Oil Sketches on Paper

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 1961

Accession Number: 61.182.2

Description

Russell was England's leading pastellist in the later eighteenth century. He studied under Francois Cotes and from 1769 to 1806 exhibited annually at the Royal Academy, of which he was a member. This portrait and a companion piece showing the sitter's husband were executed to celebrate the couple's fortieth anniversary.

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