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 French School , Portrait of a Young Lady as Ceres

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Title Portrait of a Young Lady as Ceres
Collection Long Eaton Town Hall
Artist French School
Attributed to manner of Greuze, Jean-Baptiste (French painter and draftsman, 1725-1805)
Date Earliest possibly 1680
Date Latest possibly 1780
Description The subject of this painting is Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Ceres is depicted in traditional manner, as a young girl holding a platter laden with various fruits, including grapes and plums. In her right hand she holds a fig and she stares directly towards the viewer. The identity of the artist is unknown, although the painting is believed to have been executed by a French eighteenth-century artist. The young woman's hairstyle and décolletage suggest a date around the turn of the eighteenth century.
Current Accession Number ILKEM: Howitt Bequest 23
Subject figure; mythology (Ceres)
Measurements 60.0 x 50 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Charles Sydney Howitt 1918.
Provenance Probably Enoch Dawson Howitt, of Berkeley House, Kennington Road, Surrey; by descent to Charles Sydney Howitt of Leamington.
Notes Although the painting has been described as painted in the manner of Greuze, it is possible that it predates that artist.
Rights Owner Erewash Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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