19th Century Folk Art Portrait Victorian Lady Circa 1845 Charming English Naive School
This is a charming and very appealing all original watercolor on card portrait from the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. This alluring side profile portrait of this English lady has a slight naive style to it that is thoroughly charming. This small original and unsigned portrait will look fabulous displayed on your country or folk art inspired wall.
Size: Frame 11.25" by 9.25", the actual watercolor measures 7" by 5". The first nine images are taken under studio lighting, the last image is taken in natural English daylight.
The original birds eye maple veneer frame has retained its beautiful warm coloring. It has even retained its original suspension loops to the top. The watercolor is set within a gilt slip that is housed under the original 19th century bubbled glass. We can date this piece specifically to the 1845 to 1850 period by her hair and clothing. She wears her hair in the fashionable center parting with ringlet curls to the side of her head. She wears a very fine linen day bonnet with lace roundels to each side and ribbon adornments. Gone is the wide neckline of the previous years. Our lady wears a blue silk dress with a tight, high neckline finished with a delicate white lace collar. Her waist line ends in a V shaped point below her natural waist. Her sleeves are fairly natural in shape, having not yet widened at the cuff to the 1850's wide, frilled sleeves.. Around her neck is a black ribbon neck tie held in place by a woven hair mourning brooch.
Condition is very good. There is historic rubbing to the birds eye maple frame, from age and polishing. There is a sliver of veneer missing to the left bottom corner, but this is very difficult to see. There is a piece of old tape inserted below the top edge of inner gilt slip, which we have left in situ. There is minor foxing to the paper ground but nothing serious.
This is a wonderful and genuine artwork from the 1840's.
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