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Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist French School
Date Earliest probably about 1780
Date Latest probably about 1789
Description An eighteenth-century woman, this lady wears a bonnet, like most of her female contemporaries. These hair accessories were very varied in style and depended on women's social status and activity. Because of the muslin shawl wrapped around her shoulders, it is possible to give the painting an approximate date of about 1780-89. Indeed, in the years preceding the French Revolution, fashions became much tamer than in the previous years, with women starting to wear simpler dresses, whilst shawls allowed richer ladies to show their 'closeness' to the people by dressing down.
Current Accession Number O.143
Former Accession Number Douz.241
Subject portrait
Measurements 61 x 51 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes This is an oval canvas.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie




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