Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Miss Palmer 1780c.

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (1723-92)

Portrait of Miss Palmer, Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA
Oil on canvas
18th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
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Theophila Palmer was the painter''s niece. The shadow beneath the brim of her wide hat is one of the more arresting pieces of painting in this virtuoso portrait, where the strong light from above and to the left shapes the composition, maing the hat ribbons dazzle and the breast and neck shine out as a dramatic V against the sombre black of her dress.
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