Euphemia Leslie Carstairs - Mrs. George Russell

Rudolf Lehmann, 1819-19051852

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Euphemia Leslie Carstairs (1829–1867) was born in Scotland, the daughter of Robert Carstairs and Christian Leslie. She lived at Balwearie, a farm near Kirkaldy, where she married her cousin George Russell (1812–1888) in April 1852.

After a wedding tour through Europe, the Russells sailed for Melbourne, arriving in September 1853. They settled at Golf Hill, and had seven daughters and a son. Euphemia died there in March 1867.

The Russells' choice of the society artist Wilhelm Lehmann to paint these pendant portraits is indicative of their affluence and familiarity with the fashionable world of London at that time.

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  • Title: Euphemia Leslie Carstairs - Mrs. George Russell
  • Creator: Rudolf Lehmann, 1819-1905
  • Date: 1852
  • Provenance: Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Janet Biddlecombe, 1954.
  • Rights: This work is out of copyright. No copyright restrictions apply.
  • lithograph: Painting
  • View more information about this image in the State Library Victoria catalogue: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1655524
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/282509
  • Physical dimensions: 92.8 x 71.5 cm., in frame 128.6 x 107.2 cm.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas on board
  • A.E. Ferris: Wilhelm August Rudolf Lehmann was born in Hamburg and moved to Paris in 1837 to study under his brother Heinrich, who was a pupil of Ingres. Lehmann was an extremely fashionable portrait painter, whose popularity may have been partly due to the patronage of Prince Albert. He lived in London for many years, exhibiting at the Royal Academy between 1851 and 1904. A prolific portraitist, he also painted portraits of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.