Miniature Portrait of Mary Graham nee Shewen
Christie's Sale 5436, 30 March 2011, London, South Kensington, Lot 58. ANGLO-INDIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY. ANGLO-INDIAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY. Mrs John Graham , in decollete blue dress with white lace underdress, pinned at shoulder with a pearl-set clasp, her upswept hair dressed with strands of pearls, on ivory, oval, 2 1/16 in. (53 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the glazed reverse with grey silk panel. The present sitter was the wife of John Graham (see lot 56). Like her husband, she was painted by Tilly Kettle (1734 - c.1786) in Calcutta, circa 1774-1776 (see M. Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, London, 1979, p. 88, plate 43). This portrait may have been painted by Francis Cotes 1726-1770.