Portrait Of A Woman Holding A Golden Lorgnette

Portrait Of A Woman Holding A Golden Lorgnette

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
c. 1865
Craquelure throughout but otherwise fine. Frame with various losses and age-related 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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