photographed 11/11/2020
photographed 11/11/2020

Child Holding a Kitten


Artist
John Russell (British, 1745 – 1806)
Date
18th century
Medium
Pastel on paper
Dimensions
Image : 22 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (57.78 x 45.08 cm)
Frame : 29 1/2 x 25 in. (74.93 x 63.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.46

Label

John Russell was the preeminent British pastel artist of the late 18th century. At the peak of Russell’s popularity in the 1780s and 90s, his works commanded prices similar to those of Sir Joshua Reynolds, then President of the British Royal Academy of Art. Russell was primarily a portraitist and genre artist, well known for his sentimental pictures of children with animals. This image of a young child holding a kitten is typical of his work. In addition to being an artist, Russell was also a devout Methodist minister and an amateur scientist who produced an important series of drawings and paintings based on his observations of the moon.


Object Type
Drawing