Portrait Of A Lady With A Floral Lace Cap

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A large half-length Victorian portrait depicting a young lady in a beautifully decorated floral lace cap.

By the 1860s, women tended to wear dress caps and bonnets that sat back on the head and were less obtrusive than earlier versions - ”no longer bonnets but plaques of lace trimmed with the tiniest of flowers” (Ladies’ Treasury, 1866).

In this portrait, the sitter is wearing a highly fashionable lace cap that’s been carefully decorated with red roses and green leaves. She’s also wearing a long gold chain that extends to her waist.

The painting is housed within a contemporary black frame with gold trim.

Oil on board
Size including frame
37” x 25” / 94cm x 63.5cm x 4cm
Year of creation
c. 1850 - c. 1870
Craquelure throughout and a few minor losses.