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A Girl at a Window

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This intriguing picture is Boilly’s painted imitation of a print after one of his own compositions (possibly now lost). Although Boilly was an expert in trompe l’oeil, it is unlikely that he intended to trick the viewer into thinking they are looking at an actual print because he does not include the usual clues such as a turned-up corner or a tear or crease in the ‘paper’. Instead, this is an exercise in illusionism, as Boilly demonstrates how one medium (oil painting) can look like another (printing).

The National Gallery, London



A Girl at a Window


after 1799


Oil on canvas


H 55.2 x W 45.7 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Emilie Yznaga, 1945

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The National Gallery, London

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