Irish artist Adam Buck was deeply interested in classical Greek and Roman vase painting. To give a Neoclassical feeling to this miniature, his subject is shown in elegant profile on a draped chaise. The vividly colored, almost stormy sky, balances the cool sensuality of the languid figure. The woman in this portrait wears the revealing neoclassical attire made popular at Napoleon´s court. Her sleeveless white gown, held at the shoulder with a Wedgwood cameo brooch, and her loose gather of curls à l´antique, were the height of fashion in the early 1800s.


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Artist
Adam Buck, Irish, 1759–1833
Title
Portrait of a Woman
Date
1805
Medium
Watercolor on ivory, gilt, and glass
Dimensions
Overall: 3 1/8 × 2 3/4 in. (7.9 × 7 cm)
Credit Line

The Rienzi Collection, bequest of Caroline A. Ross

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2005.1631
Classification
Miniature (Portraits)
Provenance

"Collection Edward Grosvenor Paine, Primrose Plantation, Oxford,