George Ann Bellamy
Oil on canvas
height (frame): 89cm
width (frame): 74cm
RW 108 (artist unknown)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (24)
Mrs Bellamy, standing full-length, wears a silvery-white silk dress trimmed with lace. She has a dark blue ribband collier.
Lindo, probably a pupil of Francis Hayman, was active 1755-65. All his known signed works were painted in Scotland, from 1760 to 1762, in the Lowlands and Aberdeenshire. Brian Allen supports the attribution, and believes that the picture was probably painted in the mid-1750s.
After her debut at Covent Garden in 1744, Mrs Bellamy acted some 96 roles in London until her retirement in May 1785. “Her face and figure gave great delight” (BD) and her best roles included Juliet, Estifania in “Rule a Wife”, Jane Shore, and Cordelia. She died destitute in 1788.