Sharples, Rolinda (1793 - 1838)
Bristol School / U.S.A. interest; a young artist with her sketchbook and pencil sitting on a chaise longue. Oil on panel. 1823. Inscribed verso 'Painted by Rolinda Sharples / 1823 / Lower Harley Place / Clifton'. Provenance: Francis Greenacre, former curator of art at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the great authority on the Bristol School; by whom sold to Martin Davies F.S.A., Bristol School collector. The picture is accompanied by a 1992 letter from Francis Greenacre to Martin Davies confirmed the authenticity of the work. 10x8.25 inches. Framed: 14x12.5 inches.


Rolinda Sharples trained under her parents who, unusually, were both artists. She was in America with her family for two extended periods, from 1793 to 1801 and from 1809 to 1811 when her father died in New York. She returned to Bristol and established herself as a painter of portraits and genre pieces. She exhibited at the R.A. and was elected an honorary member of the Society of British Artists in 1827. See comparable portraits by her in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the R.W.A. collection. A book on the remarkable life of Rolinda and her mother Ellen has been written by Hazel Gower titled, 'Painted out of History: The Story of Ellen and Rolinda Sharples'.

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