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A Lady in Black

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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One of a series of paintings for which Cadell is justly famed, this elegant, fashionably dressed woman is portrayed in the lavish setting of a Edinburgh New Town drawing room. Carefully posed, her arm resting on the back of her chair, she is arrayed in a fur collar, kid gloves and with a glint of gold hoop earring against an impressive feathered hat – the height of sophistication. An added sense of light and depth is introduced by the reflection in the mirror, a favourite device often used by the artist. The pink roses and the porcelain vase add to the sense of richness in the composition and are freely painted in fast, loose brushstrokes.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Date

c.1926

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 101.6 x W 76.2 cm

Accession number

1680

Acquisition method

purchased, 1926

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed/dated


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Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG Scotland

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