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John Russell
1745–1806

Thomas Wignell: the ‘Atlas of the American Theatre’

Full screen

Medium
Pastel
Size
24 ¼ × 18 ¼ inches · 615 × 465 mm
Notes
Signed and dated, top left: ‘J. Russell, RA, pt / 1792’
In the original frame
Collections
  • The sitter; 
  • Anne Brunton Merry, widow of the above (d. 1808); 
  • Vincent Bendix (1881-1945) Chicago by 1932; 
  • Bendix sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 29th May 1942, lot 17;
  • Baron Jean Gerome Léon Cassel van Doorn, Englewood, New Jersey;
  • van Doorn sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 6th March 1971, lot 107;
  • Private collection to 2015.
Exhibitions
  • London, Royal Academy, 1792, no. 312.
Literature
  • George C. Williamson, John Russell RA, 1894, p. 131;
  • Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans, A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800, Southern Illinois University Press, 1993, Vol.16, p.59 (reproduced);
  • Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, 2006, London, 2006, p. 469.

Private collection, USA