Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a lady, thought to be Elizabeth, Duchess of Beaufort, c.1715 1720s

Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

Portrait of a lady, thought to be Elizabeth, Duchess of Beaufort, c.1715, Michael Dahl
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
 
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This beautiful portrait of a lady in a landscape is datable to later in Dahl's career. His Baroque manner has evolved into a more geometric style, and the pose is constructed on sharp angles demarked by the set of the arms . The landscape follows this cooler more restrained emotional key, resembling nature more truly than the italianate arcadias of his portraits in previous centuries.
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