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Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery William Hunter Collections:
GLAHA 43776

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GLAHM 43776: 'Dorothy Hunter, Mrs James Baillie' 1757 - click to view larger image

"Dorothy Hunter, Mrs James Baillie" 1757

oil painting

CRE PINE, Robert Edge; (English; 1730-1788)

oil on canvas
69.2 x 57.2
78.0 x 67.0 oval
From the founder, William Hunter's collection. After the death of their mother in 1751, Hunter's sister Dorothy (1727-1806) came to London to live with him, first in Covent Garden, then from 1756 at a house in Jermyn Street. Since he did not marry, it may have suited William to have Dorothy to look after his household at a time when his status was rising rapidly, and she probably helped him cultivate a large circle of friends during her stay. The painter was evidently known to Hunter, perhaps through the Society for the Encouragement of Arts of which Hunter was Member, and at which Pine was a prize winner. Hunter's own portrait was also painted by Pine at an unknown date, possibly in the early 1760s. The portrait could have been painted during Dorothy's five years in Hunter's house, possibly in preparation for her marriage in 1757 to the Reverend James Baillie, after which Dorothy returned to Glasgow. Dorothy is shown in classical dress, her hair elaborately braided on top of her head, and with one hand gently restraining her loose silk drapery in a manner reminiscent of Reynolds's portraiture of the early 1750s, for example Lady Charlotte Fitzwilliam. Pine also painted Dorothy's husband James, though the portraits are not pendants, and it is not clear if the paintings were commissioned by Hunter. It emerges from a letter that Pine wrote to accompany them in 1777 that the portraits had been forgotten, then damaged during the artist's move from London, for which reason they were cut into ovals.

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