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Title Two Ladies, One Holding a Fan and the Other a Rose
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist French School
Date Earliest 1700
Date Latest 1780
Description This eighteenth-century painting portrays two ladies (certainly from the same family, possibly two sisters, judging by their remarkable resemblance). Note the watches they are wearing, indicating, along with their jewellery, their belonging to a wealthy family. In the eighteenth century portraiture had become very popular in France and the new wealthy middle class commissioned pictures of themselves. The women's little dog is seated on the left and the background to the whole scene is made of heavy curtains, a rather common element in French eighteenth-century portraits.
Current Accession Number B.M.981
Subject portrait (unidentified women)
Measurements 129 x 102 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie




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