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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Portrait of Mrs Delany, born Granville

Drawing
ca.1780-1788 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portrait of Mrs Delany, half-length, slightly turned to the right, with a hat on her head and a shawl on her shoulders.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
pencil on brown paper
Brief Description
Portrait drawing of Mrs Delany, pencil on brown paper, attributed to John Hoppner, Great Britain, ca. 1780-1788
Physical Description
Portrait of Mrs Delany, half-length, slightly turned to the right, with a hat on her head and a shawl on her shoulders.
Dimensions
  • Height: 364mm
  • Width: 288mm
Marks and Inscriptions
On a label on the mount 'From the Wellesley collection', and 'R.H. Stevenson bequest'
Credit line
Bequeathed by R H Stephenson
Object history
The drawing was bequeathed to the museum, together with an important collection of miniatures and drawings, by Ralph Harry Stephenson of Leicester (see : Review of the principal acquisitions during the year 1929, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1930, pp. 36-38).
Production
This drawing has been attributed to a number of different artists since it was acquired in 1929; John Opie, George Dance, and John Hoppner. However it was attributed to Thomas Lawrence by Alicia Weisberg-Roberts in the 2009 exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, "Mrs Delany & Her Circle", pages 12 & 13 (fn. 54), fig. 18. Footnote 54 notes, "I will discuss the attribution and provenance of this drawing in a forthcoming article".
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Catalogue of the well-known and valuable collection of plumbago, pen and ink and coloured pencil drawings and miniatures also a comprehensive series of prints and autograph letters relating to Richard Cosway R.A., the property of Francis Wellesley Esq., Sotheby's, London 28 June to 2 July, 1920, lot 452.
  • Review of the principal acquisitions during the year 1929, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1930, plate XXV.
  • Laird, Mark and Alicia Weisberg- Roberts (Eds.), Mrs Delany and her circle, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2009.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
Collection
Accession Number
E.580-1929

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