Portrait of a Lady with a Dog (possibly Susannah Wombwell (née Rawlinson; d1816), wife of Sir George Wombwell, 1st Baronet)

Tilly Kettle (1734/5 - 1786)

Oil on canvas

c.1765
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
  • About the artist
    Tilly Kettle was born in London where he practised as a successful portrait painter from about 1764 to 1769. In 1769 he went to India and was the first serious portrait painter to do so. In India Kettle painted portraits of British and Indian dignitaries and scenes of local life. He left India, to return to London, in 1776 and married Mary, of whom little is known, shortly after his arrival. The couple had two daughters and a son. Kettle struggled financially in London, failing to recover enough clients to support his family. He briefly visited Dublin and Brussels, but died near Aleppo, in northern Syria, attempting to return to India to recoup his fortune.
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    People
    unknown woman, possibly Susannah Wombwell)Wombwell, Susannah (née Rawlinson)
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Portrait of a Lady with a Dog (possibly Susannah Wombwell (née Rawlinson; d1816), wife of Sir George Wombwell, 1st Baronet)
    Date
    c.1765
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 209.00 cm, width: 145.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew's, January 1949
    Provenance
    Collection of John Calvert Wombwell; by whose executors sold through Christie's, London, 'Pictures by Old Masters and Portraits of the Early English School' sale, on 28 February 1891(Lot 100), for £178-10-0, as F. Cotes, 'A Lady'; from which sale purchased by M. Colnaghi; collection of Mrs Arthur James of 3 Grafton Street, London, W1, and Coton House, Rugby, Warwickshire, by 1948; by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 15 October 1948 (Lot 120); from which sale purchased by Agnew's Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in January 1949
    GAC number
    707