Nelly O'Brien after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Nelly O'Brien after Sir Joshua Reynolds

HENRY EDRIDGE A.R.A (1768-1821)

Nelly O'Brien after Sir Joshua Reynolds

1795 United Kingdom

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She wears a low-cut ivory dress that exposes a good deal of her fine white neck and bosom. She is shown sitting in a garden, next to a carved relief of Danae, a princess of classical legend to whom the god Jove made love in the form of a shower of gold. This lush, glittering waterfall openly symbolizes Nelly's role as a successful courtesan.

Nelly O'Brien (d. 1768) was a well-known beauty and courtesan, who sat for Reynolds on a number of occasions between 1760 and 1767. She was the mistress of the 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke and then of Sackville Tufton (later 8th Earl of Thanet) with whom she had a son.

Sir Joshua Reynolds famously purchased a Henry Edridge miniature himself and Henry Edridge spent a lot of time copying the paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds in smaller size. This is his copy of Joshua Reynolds large painting of Nelly O Brien housed at the Hunterian Art gallery in Glasgow painted circa 1763-7.
Height 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Depth 21.00 cm (8.27 inches)
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watercolour on papaer
Inscribed with artist name on the reverse
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