John Brett Lady with a Dove: Madame Loeser 1864

Artwork details

Artist
John Brett 1831–1902
Title
Lady with a Dove: Madame Loeser
Date 1864
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 610 x 457 mm
frame: 785 x 632 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Lady Holroyd in accordance with the wishes of the late Sir Charles Holroyd 1919
Reference
N03393
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

Display caption

The sitter, Madame Mathilde Loeser, was painted by Brett at the request of her husband Frederick Loeser. However, it is said that several artists wished to paint her, for her 'wild bush of grey hair and her strange and picturesque beauty'. The wing of the dove echoes the curved outline of the sitter's skirt, and the dove motif is repeated in the mosaic brooch on her shoulder.

August 2004

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