Chinese Woman: a pencil portrait.
Image 3-3/8 x 2-5/8 inches, matted and framed. Item #17334
Alexander (1767-1816) was particularly noted for his pencil and watercolor portraits of Chinese people, of which this frontal bust drawing is a fine, typical example. Many of these derive from his lengthy stay in Peking, beginning in 1792; on his return to London he became a professor of art, and was subsequently appointed keeper of drawings and prints at the British Museum.
With the label of the London firm Spink & Company on the back, giving the title as “Portrait of a Chinese Woman” by William Alexander.
Provenance: In direct descent from the artist's family.
A FINE, CHARACTERISTIC PORTRAIT DRAWING.