18th-Century American School Portrait Of A Lady In Profile

18th-Century American School Portrait Of A Lady In Profile

This beautiful 18th-century portrait depicts an elegant lady dressed in a low-necked gown with her hair tied up in a knot.

It dates to around 1765 when this simple style was common in the United States and England. In contrast to the flourishes of the French, the English style was practical and catered to an outdoor lifestyle.

The portrait reminds us of a work by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) depicting Caroline Cox dressed in a similar way. Note the neckline, hairstyle and right shoulder.

The painting was relined during the 19th-century and carries what appears to be a Christie’s stencil on the reverse. It’s easy to imagine that this was once attributed to an 18th-century master but perhaps that’s been lost over time. We may never know the true story and it’s certainly a very interesting piece.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
17” x 21½” / 43cm x 55cm
Year of creation
c. 1765
The painting has several areas of paint loss but the paint layer is now stable following an earlier restoration. The canvas has been relined and bears the marks of its previous frame. Unusually, the bottom part of the neckline appears to have been added later - perhaps by the restorer.

About Brave

Each piece in the collection has been assessed by our experienced team, which includes a conservation specialist, so you can be assured of its condition. We also work with national museums and care profoundly about our role as custodians. Over the years we've received hundreds of five star reviews from our customers and we're committed to delivering a premier service. We're always here when you need us.

Stay In Touch
Subscribe to our Wednesday newsletter for the latest finds, art news and 10% off your first order.