Attributed to James Sant R.A.
James Sant was one of the most celebrated portraitists of his time. He was appointed portrait painter to Queen Victoria in 1872. A pupil of John Varley and A.W. Callcott. Exhibited at R.A. 1840-1904, elected R.A. 1869. As a portrait painter James Sant enjoyed the patronage of many noble and landed families and portraits by him can be seen in many English country houses today. This delightful paintings attribution to James Sant is very strong. James Sant who is known for not signing works, specialised in portraying young ladies in an oval frame. Sant painted several pictures of ladies reading love letters.