JOHAN ZOFFANY, R.A.
Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter, Theresa
The artist by whom given to Major General Claude Martin (1735-1800), Lucknow, India, circa 1799
His sale, Tulloh & Co, Calcutta, 18 December, 1800
Purchased by Benjamin Wolff (1760 - 1866) presumably whilst in Calcutta,1817-1829,
Engelholm Manor, Copenhagen and by descent
Maria Theresa Louisa Zoffany known as Theresa, was Zoffany's eldest daughter, born in 1777 (d. 1832). Her physiognomy is different from that of her younger sister Cecilia, who Zoffany portrayed in another drawing at around the same age, at a writing desk. Zoffany's two other, younger daughters Claudina and Laura, were born in 1791 and 1796 respectively. As a young girl, Theresa was painted by Zoffany in a self-portrait composition alongside the musicians James Cervetto and Giacobe Cervetto painted circa 1780. There is also a later, yet comparable portrait of Theresa, by Zoffany painted in c.1802, at around the time of her marriage to the surgeon John Doratt (c.1779-1863) and now in a private collection. Zoffany portrayed all of his daughters in a group portrait of his family entitled Zoffany and His Daughters and Two Grandsons dating to around 1802-3, in which Theresa is depicted seated at the harpsichord.
Zoffany has finished the cap and plume of feathers with a delicate sfumatoshading effect which is achieved through the use of stumping.