19th-Century British School Portrait Of A Lady
A beautiful little portrait of a demure young lady wearing a blue dress with a pink shawl and holding a small flower. She stands before a classical landscape with a brooding sky.
Her style fits alongside other portraits from the 1840s. It was a decade whereby dome-shaped dresses became increasingly more voluminous and hair was parted perfectly in the centre. Women also often wore pendants attached to long necklaces - as we see here.
On the reverse, a label refers to William Macgill (c.1818-66) - an artist’s colourman who was based in Edinburgh at the time. The label dates to between 1841-1859, which ties in well with our assessment on the age. Given that Macgill was a popular supplier for Scottish artists, it’s plausible that this lady hails from north of the border.
The portrait is housed in what appears to be its original frame.
Medium: Oil on panel
Overall size: 13” x 16½” / 34cm x 42cm
Year of creation: c. 1845
Condition: Generally in good order. Light craquelure throughout and frame with some age-related wear.