Early 19th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Girl

Early 19th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Girl

This early-19th-century French School oil painting depicts a young doe-eyed girl wearing an empire dress.

Dating to the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, this charming portrait captures the beloved daughter of a notable French family. Sitting patiently, this was a significant day in her life, and she’s dressed in the latest fashion - just like her mother.

Empire dresses became popular at the beginning of the 19th century during a revival of styles from Greco-Roman art. Women began to wear loose-fitting, flowing, almost rectangular outfits, in homage to ancient ‘peplos’ and ‘chitons’. For adult women, these were a welcome departure from the rigid corsets previously in fashion - ladies could breathe once again. Daughters were expected to follow suit.

With this in mind, we can safely date the portrait to circa 1810 - a charming survivor, which once hung in a sophisticated residence.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 11½” x 16” / 32cm x 41cm
Year of creation: c. 1810
Labels & Inscriptions: Inscription on reverse referring to 'Monsieur D'andigne'.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Craquelure but the paint is stable. Areas of in-painting. Two old repairs. Stretcher bowed, as shown.

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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