Indistinctly signed l.l. Pastel, 76.2cm by 61cm.
Mary Jane Reine Hauchecorne was of Huguenot descent. Comparatively little is now known about her, but she was employed as a governess to the three children of the then 10th Earl of Exeter, (he was raised to the Marquessate in 1801), some time after the death of his wife in 1797. Miss Hauchecorne’s burial is recorded at St. Peter’s Church, Walworth on 20th December 1830.
The artist John Russell, who enjoyed the patronage of George III, was noted for his superlative portraits in pastel, many of which were of children.