C1825 George IVth Oil on Canvas Portrait of a Lady
In its original frame, this portrait of a lady is late Georgian C1825. The costume and hairstyle, complete with jewelled bandeau harks back to style of the 16th century. This is the time of Romanticism, with a particular focus in Britain on Walter Scott's tales of Scotland and Medieval England. The corresponding French homage to the Medieval and Renaissance past was called the Troubadour style. The hairstyles (and sleeves!) had yet to reach the extremes they exhibited under William IVth and Queen Adelaide (after whom the city is named) in the 1830s. Our fashionable lady is adorned with sufficient jewellery, including a smart bandeau, to tactfully remind us she is rich. The frame measures 100 cm by 95 cm.
Entertainingly, recent news article on the wonderful series "Bridgerton" talked about George IVth inheriting his love for dogs from Queen Charlotte, but then opined that he passed this love of canines to his daughter, Victoria. Embarrassment! George IVth and his brother William IVth were both uncles to Victoria, whose father was another brother, a Duke. Don't believe everything you read online.
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