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Portrait miniature of a Lady, wearing a gold dress lined with pearls, her upswept hair entwined with plaits and decorated with pearls and a white gauze veil 1776

John Smart (1741-1811)

Portrait miniature of a Lady, wearing a gold dress lined with pearls, her upswept hair entwined with plaits and decorated with pearls and a white gauze veil, John Smart
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 47mm (1 7/8 in.) high
 
Provenance:
Karin Henninger-Tavcar, 1992; Private Collection, Germany.
The intricate coiffures of the mid 1770s were a gift to Smartís artistic skills and he rendered every plait, jewel and veil in considerable detail. The expensive gold fabric of the sitterís dress is characteristic of the dignified formality found in his female portraits of the period.

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