Portrait of a Lady

The highly finished quality and simplicity of the composition were characteristic of formal portraiture in the first half of the 19th century.

In her posture, hairstyle and dress, the lady exhibits decorous restraint appropriate to the bourgeoisie society to which she likely belonged. Such portraits were popular commissions by the upper-middle classes.

Key facts

Full title
Portrait of a Lady
Date made
about 1830
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
32.7 x 25.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1908
Inventory number
Location in Gallery