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Drawing by John Raphael Smith: [A Seated Lady], represented by Childs Gallery

John Raphael Smith

British (1751-1812)

[A Seated Lady], c. 1790
Pencil, ink, charcoal and chalk on paper

In fine condition aside from some foxing. Formerly attributed to Alan Ramsay (British, 1713-1784) by Charles E. Slatkin Galleries of New York. However, after consultation with a variety of scholars (including Ramsay expert John Ingamells and Smith expert Ellen D’Oench) it has been reattributed to John Raphael Smith. Smith’s characteristic ability to capture the personality of his sitter, as well as his usual difficulty with the anatomy of the human arm, are both evident in this drawing. The costume and hairstyle of the sitter suggest a date of circa 1790.