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Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Lecerf, Louis Alexis (French artist, 1787-1844)
Date 1816 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This lady was painted just after the end of the First Empire. Women of the time wore long, low-necked dresses, accompanied by a shawl or a short jacket. A ribbon tied at the back marked a very high waist under the arms. Because dresses were made of very light material, women coats appeared, such as the one the sitter appears to be wearing. Short haircuts meant that hats and bonnets were very fitted. This portrait is signed 'Le Cerf', which suggests that the artist in question may be F. Lecerf, mentioned in Benezit as a French nineteenth-century portraitist.
Current Accession Number O.90
Inscription front ll 'Le Cerf / 1816.'
Subject portrait; landscape
Measurements 64.7 x 53.5 cm 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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