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Watercolour on ivory in original rectangular ormolu frame with inner gilt mount.
Louisa Mary was the 2nd daughter of John Mott & his wife Henrietta, daughter of Sir Charles Oakley, Baronet.
The reverse of the frame bears the artist's inscription " E T Parris/painter/17 Grafton Street/1836.
In addition a label reads "Louisa Mary (alive 1864) 2. d. of John Mott of the Close, Lichfield & Henrietta d. of sir Chas. Oakley. Bart"
Edmund Thomas Parris (1793 – 1873) was an English history, portrait, subject, and panorama painter, book illustrator, designer and art restorer. He was appointed history painter to Queen Adelaide, Queen Consort of William IV, and painted Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838 and the Duke of Wellington's funeral in 1852. He supervised the painting of the huge panorama in the London Colosseum in Regent's Park, London, and was the inventor of "Parris's medium".
Parris, was born in the parish of St. Marylebone, London. In 1816 he entered the schools of the Royal Academy, and commenced the study of anatomy under Dr. Carpue. His first important picture, "Christ blessing little Children", was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824. Soon after he painted, in conjunction with William Daniell, R.A., a panorama of Madras, for which he also constructed a building.
A wholly different class of art, in which Parris gained a great temporary reputation, was the portrayal of female beauty, and he was for some years a fashionable portrait painter. His picture "The Bridesmaid", which was exhibited at the British Institution in 1830, and purchased by Sir Robert Peel, became very popular.
On Queen Victoria's first state visit to Drury Lane Theatre in November 1837, Parris, from a seat in the orchestra, made a sketch of her as she stood in her box, and from this painted a portrait, of which an engraving, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, was published by Hodgson & Graves in the following April. In 1838 he was commissioned by the same firm to paint a picture of the Queen's coronation, and he received sittings for this purpose from the Queen and all the chief personages.
In 1852, he painted the Duke of Wellington's funeral. Also in that year, the proposal to restore Thornhill's paintings in St. Paul's was revived and the commission given to Parris, who, bringing into use the scaffold he had designed for the purpose nearly thirty years before, commenced the task in 1853, and completed it in July 1856.
Parris was a frequent exhibitor of historical and fancy subjects at the Royal Academy and British Institution from 1816 to the end of his life, and in 1832 received the appointment of historical painter to Queen Adelaide. Throughout his career his untiring industry and great facility of invention led him to engage in almost every description of artistic work, and he made innumerable designs for stained-glass windows, carpets, screens, etc. He assisted Robert Smirke in preparing Westminster Abbey for the coronation of William IV, and was much employed in decorating the mansions of the nobility.
|Height||7.50 cm||(2.95 inches)|
|Width||6.00 cm||(2.36 inches)|