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Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to French School
Date Earliest about 1770
Date Latest about 1785
Description The dress worn by this lady is particularly interesting because it fits into a tight timescale. It is a rather simple item of clothing, and its light colour appears to have been made fashionable by Marie-Antoinette when she was portrayed wearing white by Mme Vigée-Lebrun in 1783 (even though it is reported that the queen was seen wearing white as early as 1775). The dress shown in this portrait is not yet however a simple robe à la créole, which started to be fashionable in 1778-1779. The very high hairstyle sported by the lady implies she was portrayed in the 1770s, at the height of fashion for oversized hairpieces.
Current Accession Number O.98
Former Accession Number Douz.376
Subject portrait
Measurements 100.4 x 74 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes The fashion information given in the description was found in Boucher, F., Histoire du Costume en Occident de l'Antiquité à nos jours, Paris, 1965, p. 303.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie

 

 

 

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