A superbly decorative and altogether charming watercolor on card portrait from the 1780s period. This miniature circular watercolor painting with Chinese white highlights depicts three young fashionable ladies from 1780s France who have all stepped out of the French 1780s fashion magazine 'Magasin Des Modes Nouvelles'. If like us you are passionate about costume you will ADORE the costuming detail in this portrait. The lady to the left wears a dormeuse lace mob cap with a soft yet large beribboned leghorn hat with huge tumbling powdered curls cascading over her shoulders. She wears a black silk pleated half cape over a pale pink chemise a la reine ( this loose floaty dress made popular by Marie Antionette). The lady in the middle wears a very fashionable 18th century blue riding habit called a redingcote and matching blue riding hat, again with powdered hair. The friend at the back wears a gorgeous full length mauve pleated cape with lace cap under her black taffeta mob cap. For similar depictions please see the Mezzotint engraving by John Raphael Smith (1752-1812) called Les Deux Ami, also the George Romney (1734-1802) portrait of Lady Edward Bentinck, née Elizabeth Cumberland.
Housed in a typical French 1800's period frame, under glass.
Size: Framed 6" diameter by 0.75". Painting on card approx 3.75" diameter.
Condition: The painting is in very good condition with possibly some age darkening to the ancient card. The Georgian period wooden frame has sustained two old repairs at 6 and 7 o'clock. We have cleaned the glass and replaced the backing tape as it was in a poor state when we acquired it. At this point, we took the opportunity to photograph the painting for you.
This rare little Georgian treasure is ready to display and admire.
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