A young girl
A young girl
A young girl

SAMUEL SHELLEY (c.1750-1808)

A young girl

c. 1800 United Kingdom

Offered by Ellison Fine Art


To browse more Fine Art click here

To see more from this dealer click here

wearing a white dress trimmed with turquoise ribbon and lace collar, a matching tied in a bow in her long brown curling hair
set in gold frame

This enchanting portrait shows the young girl wearing her hair in a fashionable non-powdered state, suggesting a date of circa 1800 (after the implementation of the tax on powdered wigs). The Duty on Hair Powder Act 1795 was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain levying a tax on hair powder.

Shelley's first exhibition was at the Society of Artists in 1773, on 21 March the following year he entered the Royal Academy Schools (his age recorded as 17), where he became influenced by the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds. During his career Shelley painted in oil, illustrated books, and engraved several of his own works, but he's most particularly remembered for his watercolour miniature portraits. During his lifetime he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists and the British Institute. In 1804 Shelley joined with W. F. Wells, Robert Hills, W. H. Pyne, and six other artists to found the Watercolour Society (afterwards known as the "Old" society), of which he was treasurer until 1807.
Height 2.00 inch (5.08 cm)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
Not opened
Ellison Fine Art

Ellison Fine Art
United Kingdom

Contact Details
+44 (0)20 3845 2430
+44 (0)7720 317899
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
Member Since 2007
Members of
View Full Details

Browse More Items From Ellison Fine Art

View Dealer's Gallery