Mary Herring

Aged 10

£440 for the pair

An appealing pair of ¾-length watercolour portraits of sisters, Mary and Jessie Herring (or Henning perhaps?). Mary, painted in 1835 when she was nine years old, is wearing a simple white dress with a pink sash and puffed sleeves and a coral beaded necklace. She is standing next to a grape vine and has a wicker basket of summer flowers including roses and forget-me-nots.

Her sister Jessie, painted in 1837 when she was ten years old, is wearing a white dress with frilled sleeves and a blue sash. She also has a coral beaded necklace and has a narrow bandeau in her curled hair. Standing next to a stone urn filled with flowers and foliage, Jessie also has a small wicker basket of blue flowers but it is the blue parakeet perched on her finger that really catches the eye.

The watercolours reside in matching bird’s eye maple frames with gilt slips.

Item Ref. 5619

Size: framed, 285 x 233mm (11¼ x 9¼")