Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom
Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom, mid-18th century. Oil on canvas. Overall: 80 x 56.2 cm. Purchase, with funds from the European Curatorial Committee, 2020. © Art Gallery of Ontario. 2019/2437.
This is a line drawing of a portrait from the mid-18th century. Painted in oil on canvas in the 1770s, the portrait shows us a young woman of colour standing outdoors, presenting an orange blossom in her right hand. She is dressed in rich blue silk with sumptuous lace details and she wears fine jewellery. She holds our gaze with confidence and grace.
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