An Unknown Lady
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums, © Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums

Although research is ongoing, neither the painter nor the sitter of this enigmatic portrait is known. Any trace of a signature or inscription was removed when the canvas was cut along the bottom edge. It is a carefully observed work, in which fabrics, skin and hair are exquisitely rendered. The sitter gazes intently as if listening into a conversation. 

Key facts

Artist
Full title
An Unknown Lady
Date made
early 19th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
59.6 × 73.2 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums
Inventory number
L1192
Location in Gallery