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Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to Dahl, Michael, I (Swedish painter, born 1656 or 1659, died 1743, active in England)
Date Earliest possibly about 1700
Date Latest probably about 1743
Description The costume worn by the unknown woman represented in this portrait indicates that she was probably a widow. Her mourning dress is decorated with white and black lace. This work has been attributed to Michael Dahl, a Swedish painter who worked in England. Dahl was one of the leading portraitists in London during the first half of the eighteenth century and he was a rival of Sir Godfrey Kneller. Dahl's portraits, however, show a brighter palette, a slower touch and a more detailed treatment of draperies and costume.
Current Accession Number O.134
Former Accession Number Douz.205
Subject portrait
Measurements 82.4 x 51.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón




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