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Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Portrait of Mrs. and Miss Revell in a Chinese Interior, ca. 1780, about 1780
  • Glass, paint
  • China
  • H: 18 3/8 in, W: 16 1/8 in
  • Museum Purchase
  • AE85763

INSCRIPTION

See verso of painting for printed labels

DESCRIPTION

Portrait of Mrs. and Miss. Revell. Chinese reverse glass mirror painting of 2 European ladies c. 1780, in a pierced gilt wood frame. The two ladies are wearing Chinese costumes, seated at a table, one arranging flowers in a vase, the other holding a fan, on a garden terrace with a fretwork balustrade and two pillars between bamboo and a flowering tree before a river view. In the publication 'China for the West', p. 648-649, no. 673, the author cites a label on the painting verso identifying the subjects as Mrs. and Miss Revell, possibly refering to the wife and daughter of Henry Revell, "first recorded at Canton in 1757. He was chief of council there in 1768 and for nineteen years was Chief Supercargo of the East India Company.