John Russell (1745-1806) at the age of three was placed under the tuition of Francis Cotes RA (1726-1770), one of the founding members of the Royal Academy. Russell would become one of the most prominent crayon portraitist of his period, and was appointed ‘Crayon Painter’ to the Prince of Wales. He is well known for his sentimental pictures of children with animals.
This painting had been mounted in a non-archival style with glue. This led to acid burning. Miller Fenwood deacidified the painting, and finished with cleaning the pastel surface, as well as in-painting a few spots where it was needed.
The period frame had damage, particularly to the top edge. Miller Fenwood added new gesso and clays, before regilding with 22 karat gold, and then marrying the old and new portions.
This painting is on display at the Kruizenga Art Museum, a gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton, 2014.23.46