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Mrs. Robert Shurlock (Henrietta Ann Jane Russell, 1775–1849) and Her Daughter Ann by John Russell, 1801 England, the Met Museum
This pastel shows the artist’s daughter and his granddaughter. Henrietta was the sixth of his twelve children, but the oldest to survive to maturity. She married Robert Shurlock in 1800, and the baby Ann was one of their fourteen children; a second pastel shows the sitter’s husband (67.131). The picture remained in the sitter’s family until 1967. Russell applies the medium in a variety of ways, contrasting smoothly blended areas with visible crayon lines, such as those that give the illusion of stiffness to the lace of the sitter’s costumes.