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Portrait of the Artist

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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'Miss Sharples's pictures – two of them sold at an auction to Mr. Dance who knows nothing of painting for £50 – she had previously sold them to another simpleton for £150 or thereabouts who broke down afterwards'. This rather patronising quotation from George Cumberland illuminates Rolinda Sharples' position within the Bristol art scene. As a woman she would have had restrictions on her social life, and so did not join the Bristol School artists Edward Villiers Rippingille, Edward Bird and the others in the sketching group. However, she was connected to them in other ways for she knew Cumberland's daughter Eliza and Dr King's wife and daughters, and Cumberland had provided her with an introduction to the artist Thomas Stothard when she visited London in 1814.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



Portrait of the Artist




oil on panel


H 31.2 x W 24.8 cm

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purchased, 1931

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