This well executed, elegant oil on canvas portrait depicts the sitter with a large hat and open bodice with a pearl and gemstone necklace. What is striking is her natural gaze, which is not just a blank stare as in many formal portraits, but she has an attitude. The artist painted in very subtly a slight shadow over her brow from the wide brimmed hat that she wears. Regrettably, we do not know the name of sitter or the artist who painted her. Our estimation is that the painting is from the late 18th century to early 19th century.
The work was conserved in 2011. It has been cleaned, varnished and given a new canvas liner backing to stabilize the paint surface. There are in-paints to the sitters face and hands only visible under UV illumination. Craquelure extends from the both top corners and there are some impressions left from an earlier stretcher. The canvas measures 22” by 27 ½” to sight and 29 ½ by 35” in the frame.
The gilt, wood composition cove frame features a foliate outer rim and a thinner matching inset liner. There is also a green felt used as a surround which matches up with the dark green background of the painting. The frame is in excellent condition. There is an area on the back of the outer molding where there is a loss of gilding but this behind the sight view.
Overall the painting is in excellent condition and room-ready to hang in your home or office.
Portrait of a Lady Continental School