Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Lady in a Van Dyck Costume c.1830–5

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A Lady in a Van Dyck Costume
Date c.1830–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1213 x 911 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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Another example of the mature Turner's investigations of the old masters, this quite finished study is in the manner of female portraits by Van Dyck. It was most probably inspired by pictures he saw in the collection at Petworth, but might also have alluded to a contemporary fashion for being portrayed in Van Dyck costume, or in the style of portraits by Rubens. This kind of looking back to the past was pronounced in British painting in the 1830s, not least in portraiture.

September 2004

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