A fine mid-19th-century portrait of a demure young lady carrying a golden lorgnette. She’s wearing the fashion of the early 1860s, which consists of a bell-shaped green dress with sloping shoulders and flared wide sleeves, along with a floral bonnet decorated with roses. Her delicate golden lorgnette (which is a pair of spectacles with a handle) is folded and held between her thumb and index finger.
On the reverse, various inscriptions seem to refer to the sitter and/or the artist but it’s hard to decipher them. Perhaps you may be able to discover the young lady’s name?
The portrait is housed within a period swept giltwood frame decorated with foliate corners.
Oil on canvas
Size including frame
16½” x 19½” / 42cm x 50cm
Year of creation
Craquelure throughout but otherwise fine. Frame with various losses and age-related wear.