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William Wood
PORTRAIT OF JULIA STORER, CALLED 'MRS JOHNSTONE'
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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22
William Wood
PORTRAIT OF JULIA STORER, CALLED 'MRS JOHNSTONE'
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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William Wood
1769-1810
PORTRAIT OF JULIA STORER, CALLED 'MRS JOHNSTONE'
with curled brown hair, wearing a white dress, sky background
signed (verso) 'by / Will. Wood / of Cork Street / London', 1799
watercolour with touches of bodycolour on ivory, held in a gold frame with glazed reverse
7.7 by 6.3 cm.; 3 by 2 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Phillips London, The Connoisseur's Cabinet, 11 July 2000, lot 383

Literature

See J. Johnstone, Confessions of Julia Johnstone, 1825;
W. Wood, Memorandum of miniatures painted and finished by William Wood of the Royal Academy, No. 5713

Catalogue Note

Wood recorded the present miniature as 'Mrs Johnstone of Charles St. Grosvenor Square fin'd 9 Nov, fine and fair complexion, plain white dress, fair brown hair, in large waves, 1800 Jan 7. Went to Arlington Street on the request of Col. Cotton [sic]'.

The sitter was the daughter of Thomas Storer of Purley Park, Berkshire and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Proby, Maid of Honour to Queen Charlotte. Whilst Julia was staying with the Cottin family as a lady's companion, she became the mistress of Colonel Josiah Cottin (see following lot) and assumed the false name 'Mrs Johnstone'. The affair resulted in several children and while under Cottin's protection she later lived in Primrose Hill. She was a rival of the notorious courtesan Harriet Wilson, who defamed her in her Memoirs published in 1825 and forced her to quickly publish the Confessions of Julia Johnstone in order to clear her slandered name.

 

An Exceptional Eye: A Private British Collection

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London