Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a lady as a Baccante 1780s

John Hoppner RA (17581810)

Portrait of a lady as a Baccante, John Hoppner RA
Oil on canvas
18th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.,2 x 63.5 cm
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This portrait with its sense of rushing energy conveyed in the thickly-worked impasto and the rapid energy of the sky was in its time a daring work. At some point after its execution the sitter's hair was overpainted brown to relocate this Bacchant in a classical past though her newly-revealed powdered hair proves that she was intended as a very contemporary seductress. Hoppner's wife is believed to have been the model for this remarkable picture which is surely one of the most sophisticated and sensuous examples of Regency painting.
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