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Rose of England
1861

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
54.0 × 43.2 cm
Inscription
inscribed (diagonally) in brown paint l.l.: C. Baxter / 1861 (underlined)
Accession Number
p.300.1-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by the Commissioners of Fine Arts for Victoria, 1864
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

Collection of Albert Grant (1830–99), London, by 1863; included in the Grant sale, Christie's London, 14 November 1863, no. 30; from where purchased by John McArthur, 1863; his collection, Park House, Clifton, Nottinghamshire, until 1864; included in the McArthur estate sale, Christie's London, 1 June 1864, no. 7; from where purchased, by Sir Charles Eastlake and Captain Andrew Clarke, for the NGV, 1864.



Collection of Mr A. Grant, London, by 1863; included in the Grant sale, Christie's London, 14 November 1863, no. 30; from where purchased by John McArthur, 1863; his collection, Park House, Clifton, Nottinghamshire, until 1864; included in the McArthur estate sale, Christie's London, 1 June 1864, no. 7; from where purchased, by Sir Charles Eastlake and Captain Andrew Clarke, for the NGV, 1864.



When this painting, and a companion piece by Charles Baxter entitled Rosebud of England were exhibited in Melbourne’s fledgling Museum of Art in 1864, the Australasian newspaper considered them to be: ‘eminently worthy of the study of our artists who essay portrait painting, or figure subjects in which the female face appears. These lovely faces are most delicately painted, and colouring that would be gaudy from the common painter is exquisitely natural, from the taste with which the artist has used it’.