Daniel Macdonald (1821-1853) - 1851 Pastel, Portrait of a Victorian Lady
DescriptionA fine mid 19th century portrait of a young woman. She is dressed in a fine dress with lace collar and large bow, her hair is styled in a fashionable centre parting and tied at the back. The artist Daniel Macdonald has beautifully captured the sitter in fine detail, with great attention given to the facial features. Presented in a gilt effect frame. Signed and dated. On wove.
The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and foxing. With some minor water marking to the lower edge. The frame has numerous small marks and scuffs that have been covered with gilt paint.
50.5 x 39.7cm (19.9" x 15.6")Framed Size: 50.5 x 39.3cm (19.9" x 15.5")
Daniel MacDonald (originally McDaniel) was born in Cork, the son of the caricaturist and draughtsman James McDaniel (c.1789-1840). Taught drawing at an early age by his father, MacDonald soon demonstrated his sketching skills, becoming noted for his pen and ink drawings including both portraiture and caricatures of local figures. When still only a young teenager, he had two etchings published in The Tribute, a Cork literary publication. In his early 20s, he began exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy (1842-44), before leaving for London shortly after. Meanwhile the Famine (1846-51) had broken out in Ireland, during which MacDonald returned to paint one of the few pictures showing an actual scene from the famine. MacDonald continued showing at the British Institution (1849-51). Two of his works - A Vision of the Sea, and The Gun of Distress - were also shown at the Cork Institution in 1852. Then in 1853 he exhibited for the first time at the London Royal Academy - a portrait of Mrs Edward Fulcher. It was at this point at the age of 32, just as his art was maturing, that he died of a fever.
|Artist||Daniel Macdonald (1821-1853)|
|Dimensions||50.5 x 39.7cm|
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