Such a wonderful and sensiitive painting of a lady from Bhutan in her traditional costume dated 1884.
I also attach a contemporary photograph so you can see the similarity in the costume, alyhough of course the materials used to make the clothes the lady wears would all have been made from traditional materials].
She wears wonderful necklaces from coral and turquoise, earrings bracelets and rings.
She seems pensive perhaps wondering what the future may bring.
And this is a wonderful ethnographic record of time and place. Bhutan is a tiny kingdom in the eastern Himalyas which even today is shrouded in magic and mystery.
Walter Duncan the artist spent two years in norfthern India which is adjacent to Bhutan and so no doubt travelled there.
Walter Duncan 1852-1932 has sold extensively in international auction houses including Sotheby's and exhibited many times at the Royal Academy. RA.
Window Size 14 by 9 inches.
Matted by not framed.
Antique Ethnographic Painting Portrait of a Lady of Bhutan by Walter Duncan 1852-1932 ARWS