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


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.