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Early 19th Century Oil - The Worldly Woman



An exquisite early 19th Century (c.1830) portrait in oil. The sitter is an older woman with a calm expression that holds much wisdom and gravity. She is wearing a lace bonnet with lace collar and a black shawl wrapped tightly about her shoulders. She has a delicate pink flush in her cheeks adding an unexpected youth to her complexion. The style is typical for oil portraits of this era, however, this particular portrait has the added charm of being neither a true miniature size or a full size portrait. The painting is unsigned and presented in an elaborate 19th Century (possibly the original) gilt frame with arch and palmette detailing, lamb's tongue strap work and four low relief gilt flowers at each corner of the slip. The unusual size of the painting and frame with the ornate quality of the molding and carving, make this an exquisitely eye catching object with charming decorative value. On wood panel.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The frame has some tarnishing and surface dirt. There is a small loss to one of the floral details on the slip. In overall good condition.


10.8 x 8.8cm (4.3" x 3.5")
Framed Size: 26 x 22cm (10.2" x 8.7")

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Code rj678
Date Early 19th Century
Dimensions 10.8 x 8.8cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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