Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Lady reading, possibly the artist's first wife 

Francis Hayman (1708-76)

Portrait of a Lady reading, possibly the artist's first wife, Francis Hayman
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
24 1/2 x 17 in.
 
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Francis Hayman was one of the progenitors of a new English school of art in the mid-eighteenth century.

This painting was cut away from a larger double portrait, probably by Hayman himself, almost 300 years ago. It was later overpainted entirely, with the dress changed to green, and a man's knee covered up. Its discovery allows the two works, Hayman's earliest, to be reunited once more. It is thought that the lady is Haymanís first wife.

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