Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Lady 1730s

Jean-Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745)

Portrait of a Lady, Jean-Baptiste van Loo
Oil on canvas
18th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
The effect of Van Loo's arrival in London on British portraiture in the late 1730s was dynamic - the Continental refinement and polish that marked his work made so much then-fashionable painting appear dowdy and outmoded, especially perhaps in the portrayal of women in which - as here - he was able to suggest wit and an inner mental life far more ably than his rivals.
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