Probably German. Circa 1775.


Sight Size : Width: 31 1/4" (78.74 cm); Height: 23 1/2" (58.42 cm); Framed : Width: 37 1/4" (94.62 cm); Height: 29 1/2" (74.93 cm);

Oil on canvas.

This painting of a contemplative lady and her dog in a pastoral landscape embraces the Romantic sensibility of the late-eighteenth century, which strove to capture not only the physical likeness of the sitters, but their thoughts and feelings as well. The painting would appear to be informed by contemporary works executed at the hands of master painters such as Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), who painted Sir Brooke Boothby in 1781 very much in the same pose and in a similar landscape, as well as the German artist Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1828), whose portrait of Goethe in the Roman Compagna, c. 1786, adopts a similar posture. Wright is considered to have pioneered this “type of portrait where the subject is posed informally, intimately, and naturally in an outdoor setting suggestive of relaxation, reverie, individualism, and spiritual union with nature.”

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