Portrait of Young Lady Reading - Original 1830s watercolour painting

An original 1830s watercolour painting, Portrait of Young Lady Reading.

This charming small scale portrait shows a young lady at study, resting her elbow on an open book. She has the ringletted hair and low neckline associated with the Regency period in which this was painted, but is also captured in an intimate moment, with her hair loose and glancing up from her private absorption. The face is particularly finely painted. Gum arabic has been used to intensify the colour of the hair, and the jewellery and gilt book edge are detailed in gold.

The small portrait has been painted on a larger sheet of heavy paper, with gilt edge, as shown.

There is age toning, marks and the odd spot of foxing to the outer margins of the sheet, as shown.
25.7cm x 20.5cm.

This fine painting is one of a small collection of miniature portraits we have for sale, dating from the late Regency period c.1833-7. The pictures appear to have been associated with the family of Welsh industrialist David Davies Llandinam (1818-1890): accompanying poems and transcribed extracts (available to purchase separately) include the signature David Davies July 13th 1835, as well as a location of Northwick (being Northwick Park, then in Worcestershire) and an inscription by Arthur Charles Gabell, born at Crickhowell, Breconshire. Together, these portraits tell something of the fashionable and intellectual tastes of the day. Depicting mainly women, in Regency style dress - ringletted hair, draped turban, and even with a parrot - they present aspirational female images, possibly inspired by the Belle Assemblée magazine (published 1806-1837), known for its fashion plates of Regency era styles and for publishing poetry and fiction, of the kind accompanying this collection.

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Product code: JK-957

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