Renton, John (1770 - 1841)
Young Girl in a Straw Hat and Apron. Pencil and watercolour. Signed and dated, 1807. Ex. Collection: Cyril Fry. 7.75x4.5 inches. Framed: 16.25x12 inches.

Renton was a portraitist in East London where he painted the dissenting community. His rare figure studies are always marked by their sense of intimacy. Renton's father was head gardiner for Conrad Loddiges at the famous plant nursery in Hackney. So, perhaps this young woman, with her apron and basket, was employed there.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024