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This impressive picture is a curious mix of the formal and the informal. The large scale of the painting, the romantic setting, the monumental effect of the full-length standing figure seen from a low viewpoint and the inclusion of a sprig of orange blossom in the lady’s hands would all tend to suggest a formal marriage portrait. Yet there is a casual air about it too. Despite the addition of a few flowers, the hair is in a state of undress by the standards of the times and she wears a diaphanous peignoir which, fortunately, does not conceal the superb silver brocade of her gown.
oil on canvas
H 208.5 x W 147.5 cm
purchased from Agnew's Gallery