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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

Made by: Richard Cosway

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

A half-length portrait of a young woman facing to the left. She wears her hair up. It is powdered grey and dressed high with many curls and with a curl falling over each shoulder. Her dress is white with puffed sleeves and a high standard collar rising up at the back behind her hair. She wears a black ribbon around her neck, and a strand of perals falls from around her collar across her bodice. The background is painted blue and white to simulate the sky. The silver frame is partially gilt and is composed of two intertwined bands set in rose diamonds and rubies. At the back is a series of plumes made from human hair, blond and brown of various shades. At the bottom of the plumes is a band of thread with pearls. The front and back are covered with shaped crystal. At the top of a gold ring for hanging on a ribbon.

Category:
paintings
Object name:
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
Made from:
Watercolor on ivory -- metal -- jewels -- crystal -- hair
Made in:
England
Date made:
18th c.
Size:
8.3 × 7 cm (3 1/4 × 2 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
53.9
Class:
MINIATURE
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973