Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Lady, wearing dark blue and white dress with black lace shawl, a white bonnet tied under her chin 

John Smart (1741-1811)

Portrait miniature of a Lady, wearing dark blue and white dress with black lace shawl, a white bonnet tied under her chin, John Smart
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 35mm. (1 3/8 in.) high
 
Provenance:
Karin Henninger-Tavcar, 1999; Private Collection, Germany.
Bracelet-clasp frame, the border set with garnets.

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The present work was painted relatively early in Smart’s career and is one of only a small number of examples by him painting an older subject. The confident handling of a variety of textures in the clothing – from the intricate lace shawl, to the bonnet tied under the sitter’s chin – is indicative of the technical aptitude for painting fabric that he maintained throughout his career.
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