Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Lady 1780s

John Raphael Smith (1752-1812)

Portrait of a Lady, John Raphael Smith
Oil on canvas
18th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
The dramatic sweep of this portrait blurs the line between portraiture and genre, between real life and the stage, and shows that had he not been one of the eighteenth century's most dynamic and accomplished engravers, Smith would have been a leading figure among oil painters, rather than one whose work in that medium is perhaps seen too seldom.
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