Miss Cunningham Holding Her King Charles Spaniel

A work made of black chalk, charcoal, and gouache, with stumping, scratching, and erasing, heightened with white chalk, on ivory laid paper, laid down.
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  • A work made of black chalk, charcoal, and gouache, with stumping, scratching, and erasing, heightened with white chalk, on ivory laid paper, laid down.

Date:

1770

Artist:

Robert Healy
Irish, 1743-1771

About this artwork

A promising artist from the Dublin Drawing Schools, Robert Healy left behind a small but exquisite body of work when he died at age 27. He focused on drawing and pastel and soon became extraordinarily accomplished at making grisaille (monochrome) compositions like this one. The artist completed Miss Cunningham Holding Her King Charles Spaniel near the end of his life, portraying Surgeon General Alexander Cunningham’s daughter. Healy’s delicate use of white chalk conveys the girl’s youth and innocence; she appears oddly vulnerable against the ominous darkness of the wooded background, alluding to the tensions between humanity and nature embodied in Ireland’s history.

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Artist

Robert Healy

Title

Miss Cunningham Holding Her King Charles Spaniel

Origin

Ireland

Date

1770

Medium

Black chalk, charcoal, and gouache, with stumping, scratching, and erasing, heightened with white chalk, on ivory laid paper, laid down

Dimensions

584 x 422 mm

Credit Line

Regenstein Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2009.682

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