Westall, RichardLady Charles Harvey

Lady Charles Harvey
Watercolour by Richard Westall (1765-1836)

GR.201 -Lady Charles Harvey, Richard Westall, Pencil, pen and ink
Richard Westfall was an English painter (1765-1836) born in Hertford. He was the more successful of two half-brothers, the other of which was William Westfall, a well-travelled landscape painter. He studied at the Royal Academy School of Arts and regularly exhibited there. His works, many of which are in watercolour, included portraits of Queen Victoria, Lord Byron and Richard Ayton and many subjects of a neo-classical nature. He was also a successful illustrator of books, including an edition of the Bible. Westfall served as a drawing master to Queen Victoria between 1827 and his death in 1836. It is likely that the subject of this portrait is Charlotte Harvey when she was 11 years old. This drawing, although a portrait, is typical of his illustrative work which includes symbolism and mythical references.