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Portrait of the Ladies Amabel and Mary Jemima Yorke, c. 1761

oil on canvas, Framed: 224.4 x 201.2 x 11.4 cm (88 5/16 x 79 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.); Unframed: 196 x 170 cm (77 1/8 x 66 7/8 in.); Former: 223.5 x 198 x 9 cm (87 15/16 x 77 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.). Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.645

Philip Yorke commissioned this portrait of his daughters Amabel (left) and Mary Jemima to hang in their city home in St. James's Square, London. To signal the family's status as land owners, both girls are perhaps portrayed on the grounds of their family's country estate in Bedfordshire, about 55 miles north of London. Captured as if interrupted in a moment of play, this tender, yet impressive portrait of the Yorke girls is a prime example of a painting intended for a private setting, as opposed to the bolder tones and dramatic poses found in paintings intended for public exhibition, such as Thomas Lawrence's full-length portrait of Catherine Gray, Lady Manners.

London, British Institution, 1813, cat. no, 21 (as Lady Lucas and Lady Grantham); London, Suffolk Street, 1833: Family Por-traits, cat. no. 73; London, Royal Academy, Burlington House, 1875: Old Masters Exhibition, cat. no. 139; London, Grafton Gallery, 1895: Fair Children Exhibition, cat. no. 154; London, Grosvenor Gallery, 1913/14: Second National Exhibition, Woman and Child in Art, cat. no. 90, illus. opp.p. 138; CMA, 1936. The Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of The Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue., cat. no. 233, pl. LVll; CMA, 1942. Exhibition of the John L. Severance Collection. Held at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue.,cat. no. 14, p. 22.; Detroit Institute of Arts, 1948: Exhibition of English Conver-sation Pieces, cat. no. 23, illus.; CMA, 1956: The Venetian Tradition, cat. no. 38, p. 30; CMA, 1963. Style, Truth, and the Portrait. Held at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue; author, Rémy G. Saisselin., cat. no. 34, illus. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College (4/3/2006 - 6/5/2006): "CMA @ Oberlin (second rotation)"

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