A Girl at a Window

Painted as a grisaille (a work of varying tones, but a single colour), this picture is intended as an imitation of a mounted engraving, although the subject does not duplicate that of any known print. It is probably a derivative by Boilly of his Salon picture of 1799.

The composition derives from a type of genre scene popular in 17th-century Holland and which also became popular with collectors in France in the later 18th century. The highly finished style in this picture recalls such 17th-century Dutch painters as Caspar Netscher.

Key facts

Artist dates
1761 - 1845
Full title
A Girl at a Window
Date made
after 1799
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
55.2 x 45.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Emilie Yznaga, 1945
Inventory number
Location in Gallery