19th-Century English School

Portrait Of A Lady

19th-Century English School

Portrait Of A Lady

This charming mid-19th-century English school watercolour depicts an elegant lady wearing a sumptuous white dress, tight bodice and black gloves. Her hair is styled into partial side coils according to the fashion of the 1860s.

Gentle portrayals, such as this, are a memento from a time gone by when homes were adorned with family portraits. Many of the smaller pieces were produced by budding artists within the household itself but, in this instance, the fine underdrawing alludes to the work of an accomplished hand. It’s also remarkable for her bewitching smile.

The portrait is housed within a good later frame.

Medium: Watercolour
Overall size: 11½” x 13½” / 29cm x 35cm
Year of creation: c. 1860
Condition: Areas of age-related foxing. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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