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Sir William Charles Ross "Henry Byng, 4th Earl of Strafford (?)", large miniature, 1850s

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Offered here is a very large (the artist traditionally used this size in portraying royalties and members of high British aristocracy) and important work of London court miniaturist Sir William Charles Ross (a comparison with other works of this artist leaves no doubt that he is the factual author of this piece - see our images nr.10-20). The portrait likely shows (then ca 20 year old) Henry Byng, 4th Earl of Strafford (1831-1899; see our images nr.8-9).

Sir William Charles Ross (1794, London - 1860, ibidem) was born into a well-known artist family. He was a son of William and Maria Ross, both miniaturists. The artist showed artistic ability already at a very early age. In the period from 1807 to 1817 he won prizes (the first one at the age of 13) at the Society of Arts for drawings, historical paintings and portraits. He also executed miniatures. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1809 and 1859. In 1814 he became temporarily the assistant of Andrew Robertson, to whom he was related. Very quickly he became the most sought after English miniaturist of his period and did portraits of all members of the English court and of numerous members of the aristocracy, as well as of large number of foreigners (sic!). Ross painted many distinguished sitters including Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort, their children and other members of the royal family. He also worked a period at the Portuguese court. The artist became A.R.A. in 1838 and R.A. in 1842 and was dubbed knight in the same year. He was a compulsive worker and painted over 2200 miniatures. In 1857 he suffered a paralytic stroke and died unmarried in 1860.
Ross was one of the greatest miniaturists of his period. Besides all the portraits of the Court and members of the aristrocracy he painted in England, there was great demand for his work abroad, where he painted Louis Philippe, King of France; Prince Louis Napoleon; the Belgian royal Couple; the Empress Eugenie and many others.

Provenance: English private collection

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Condition: fairly good; vertical tiny crack in right area

Creation Year: 1850s

Measurements: UNFRAMED:24,2x17,2cm/9,5x6,8in FRAMED: 40,5x33,5cm/15,9x13,2in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory (painted arched on rectangular ivory plaque)

Inscription: -

Creator: Sir William Charles Ross
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1794 London-1860 London

Nationality: English / British


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