Olivia Serres

Method Stipple
Artist Mackenzie after George Francis Joseph
Published Published by J. Ridgeway, Piccadilly, 1805.
Dimensions Image 91 x 75 mm, Plate 169 x 117 mm, Sheet 220 x 136 mm
Notes Half-length portrait of Olivia Serres, set within a oval. She faces forwards, with her gaze set slightly off to the left, holding a crayon in her right hand, and a portfolio in her left. Over her head she wears a veil.

Olivia Serres (1772 - 1834), known as Olive, was a British painter and writer. She is also known as an English impostor, having claimed to be the daughter of Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland - brother of King George III - and therefore, claiming the title of Princess Olive of Cumberland. Olivia was married to John Thomas Serres, a successful maritime painter. For a period, Serres was Maritime Painter to King George III, but following Olivia's claims, he fell out of favour at court. In 1818, he set up the Royal Coburg Theatre, now known as the Old Vic. However, Olivia's actions once again ruined his career, and he died in 1825 in a London debtors' prison.

George Francis Joseph (1764 - 1846) was an English portrait painter. In 1784, he became a student at the Royal Academy, and in 1813, was elected an associate member. He worked in London until 1836, when he retired to Cambridge.

O'Donoghue 1

Condition: Somel foxing to sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £45.00
Stock ID 40133