Wellesley Collection


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

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)