Wellesley Collection


This impressively large painted silhouette portrays the infamous Mary Robinson (1757-1800), actress, poet, and literary figure. She was also mistress to the Prince Regent (later George IV) and became universally known as ‘Perdita’ after playing the Shakespearean heroine in 1779.

The silhouette is painted on paper and has some browning consistent with age. It is presented in the original brass-faced oval frame with an inscribed label and provenance labels reverse.

Item Ref. 9028

Size: framed, 210 x 175 (8ΒΌ x 7")

Provenance: Francis Wellesley Collection ; Christie's July 1917, lot 23

Literature: One Hundred Silhouettes Portraits Selected from the Collection of Francis Wellesley, 1912 (plate VII)