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Mrs Robert Hollond
Ary Scheffer

Mrs Hollond (1822–1884), born Ellen Julia Teed, was the wife of the pioneering balloonist and MP Robert Hollond. She was a writer and philanthropist who lived for part of each year in Paris, where she held a salon that attracted intellectuals of a progressive cast of mind. Ary Scheffer was a painter who appealed to Mrs Hollond and her circle, and in 1851 he painted this carefully pared-down portrait of her. Mrs Hollond is presented with studied simplicity – colours, setting, distracting clothing and jewellery are kept to a minimum to stress the soulfulness of her expression. This gives the picture a timeless feel: Mrs Hollond may be a Victorian woman with liberal sympathies but she could also be a Roman matron or a figure from the Bible.

Key facts
Artist Ary Scheffer
Artist dates 1795 - 1858
Full title Mrs Robert Hollond
Date made 1851
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 81.9 x 60.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Robert Hollond, with a life-interest to his widow; entered the Collection, 1885
Inventory number NG1169
Location in Gallery Not on display
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