Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OLD DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS

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Portrait of a lady said to be Lady Bessborough.
John Downman was an English portrait painter and he’s one of my favourite 18th century artists. He made lots of beautiful little portrait drawings.
As always, let me know if you know where to find more or bigger pictures or perhaps know of a book featuring his work.

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1770s.
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Lavinia Spencer by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Probably 1780s.
In keeping with the season here are some pictures of 18th century ladies dressed for winter.

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“Lady and servant girl in late rococo costume. The lady’s hair is worn à la circassienne, the servant girl’s cap is called dormeuse”
 
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Self portrait, 1782.
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