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This previously unrecorded portrait study c.1745 depicts the actress in that of a regal role, with an ermine stole and pink robe, swathed around a thick white silk dress. She is possibly depicted as Queen Katherine from Shakespeare's 'Henry VIII' a play she is known to have starred in around the time of this portrait. Previously thought to depict the actress Catherine 'Kitty' Clive, a stage rival of Woffington, her portrait by Jeremiah Davison was originally with Horace Walpole and is now in the collection at Longleat. Fortunately the broad iconography now available of both actresses enables correct identification, however it is easy to see why confusion once existed; both were important actresses of the day; both Irish born; both keen rivals; both having been mistresses of David Garrick; there lives following very similar paths.
Jeremiah Davison was born in London of Scottish parents. He worked in London as a portrait painter and under the guidance of Joseph Van Aken he acquired considerable skill at the depiction of silks and fancy clothing material. In 1736 the Duke of Atholl encouraged him to settle in Edinburgh, where he established a successful practice for several years before returning to London. He died in Leicester Fields (Square) in 1745.
British Antique Dealers Association Fair, London, 2008
Statements of Self-Importance - The Portrait in Europe 1660-1950, Langston Gallery, London, 2009
|Height||29.00 inch||(73.66 cm)|
|Width||24.00 inch||(60.96 cm)|