Angelica KauffmannPortrait of a Lady c.1775

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Angelica Kauffmann (1741‑1807)
Portrait of a Lady
Date c.1775
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionsframe: 910 x 770 x 70 mm support: 792 x 635 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs M. Bernard 1967
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1760


This small-scale oil painting depicts a woman in classical costume seated on a chair with her left elbow resting on a plinth on which a large column stands. Her hands are placed together in front of her, and hold a scroll and a writing implement. To her left is an ornate table with gold legs resembling those of a lion. On the table is a statue of the Roman goddess Minerva and a book.

The painting entered the Tate collection in 1967 as a self-portrait of Angelica Kauffmann, and was deemed to have been executed when she retired to Rome in the 1790s. However, in the 1970s this attribution was questioned and an earlier date placing it in the period she was working in Britain (1766¿–81) was adopted along with the more general title it now holds. Since then several attempts have been made to identify the sitter… (read more)

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