Between 1829 and 1831 George Hayter produced three portraits of the family of diplomat Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay, who was then serving as HM Ambassador to France. This portrait of Rothesay’s daughters is dated 1830, the year Louisa (later Marchioness of Waterford) turned 12 and Charlotte (later Countess Canning) turned 13, although their features have been matured by the artist. Charlotte is seen playing a piano, while Louisa turns the music pages.
George Hayter was born in London. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1808 and later taught drawing and painting to Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince Regent. In 1815 he was made Painter of Miniatures and Portraits to Charlotte and her husband, Prince Leopold. In the next year he travelled to Italy with the support of the Duke of Bedford and entered the Accademia di San Luca as its youngest ever member. Although Hayter returned to London in 1818, he moved back to Italy in 1826 and was in Paris from 1828 to 1831. Hayter settled in England in the early 1830s, was appointed Principal Painter-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria in 1841 and knighted the following year. Despite his successes, he was never admitted to the Royal Academy.
The Hon. Charlotte Stuart (1817-1861) and the Hon. Louisa Stuart (1818-1891), Daughters of Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845) Diplomat
Oil on canvas
width: 70.00 cm, height: 73.00 cm
Purchased from Sotheby's, 30 June 2005
lower right, on piano: George Hayter / Paris 1830
Commissioned by Lord Stuart de Rothesay; private collection, Suffolk; with Philip Mould Ltd., London; sold through Sotheby's, London, 30 June 2005 (Lot 96); from which sale purchased by the Government Art Collection
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