Two Girls with Blue Ribbons

WAG 5999


The children in this gouache are thought to be Florence Elizabeth (born 1856) and Ellen Beatrice (born 1858), the children of George and Sarah Melly. The artist was primarily a a photographer - he is listed as such in the 1865 Liverpool Directory - but he appears to have offered his patrons painted copies of their photographs too, either by his own hand or by an assistant. This portrait is signed by the artist, as are other comparable potraits, supporting the suggesiton they were produced by Cesare himself rather than copies after his photographs by someone else.