Mrs Ellen Sharples (1769–1849)

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Ellen Sharples, Rolinda Sharples' mother, was also an artist and was particularly skilled in copying her late husband's pastel portraits. Here she is shown drinking tea, although there are also two coffee cups on the japanned (laquered tinplate) tray. A silver teapot and milk jug are used instead of porcelain ones. Ellen outlived her children and her financial support was to establish what is now the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



Mrs Ellen Sharples (1769–1849)




oil on canvas


H 31.4 x W 25.4 cm

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bequeathed by Mrs Hunt, 1911

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