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Portrait of a Lady (Miss Mary Jenkins?)

WILSON, Richard (1714 - 1782)

Painting of a lady

Date: c. 1750

Media: oil on canvas

Acquired: 2017; Purchased with the assistance of Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 11411

This sitter is presumed to be Miss Mary Jenkins (1731-1790), whose family owned Priston Manor, Somerset. Richard Wilson also painted her sister Elizabeth in 1750, the same year he began his Grand Tour of Italy. The setting shows an interior space, with Wilson’s use of light illuminating her youthful features as her outstretched hand holds flowers. She is dressed in a typical Van Dyck style, common with eighteenth-century portraitists, with her black gown, pink bows and white ermine collar.

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