Sir James Jebusa Shannon, R.A.
Portrait of a Dutch Girl (Dirkje), circa 1891-1896
Signed with initials J. J. S. (lr)
Oil on canvas
16 1/4 x 12 1/8 inches
Mrs. Phylis Keigwen Mugliston, sister-in-law of the artist's daughter
Stephen R. Sharp Fine Art
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
London, Fine Art Society, 1896
London, Leicester Galleries, 1923, no. 26
Literature: Barbara Dayer Gallati, "James Jebusa Shannon," Antiques Magazine
, November, 1988, Vol. CXXIV, No. 5, pp. 1137-39, illus. Plate X
Portrait of a Dutch Girl dates to 1891-1896, a period when the artist was spending his summers at the Dutch art colony of Egmond aan Zee. While Shannon's usual sitters were people of wealth and elegance, this touching likeness represents his Dutch servant, Dirkje. The artist's energized brushstroke, his descriptions of fabrics and textures, and the individualization of the figure are particularly telling in this image.
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