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 Kauffmann, Angelica (Swiss painter and printmaker, 1741-1807) , Modesty

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Title Modesty
Collection Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Artist Kauffmann, Angelica (Swiss painter and printmaker, 1741-1807)
Date Earliest about 1770
Date Latest about 1770
Description In 1781 a Dr William Farndyce addressed a letter about this picture to the artist, entitled: Verses to Angelica Kaufmann on her Picture of Modesty, 1781.
'Permit the Muse, fair artist, to commend / this gift to thine, and to thy father's friend, / whose modest skill and generous heart are known / to all mankind except himself alone. / That the kindling blush the origin cheek that warms, / that sweet confusion, of those bashful charms; / that decent dre[... ], those downcast eyes must move / in ev'ry breast a reverential love. / Oh! [... ] than not this valued present wrought / with thine own hand, we surely might have thought / that here were offer'd to the enraptured view / at once thine emblem, & thy contrast too: / Tis this alone could raise its value high'r' / then they'd adore that only now admire; / more [... ] Modesty herself appears / should when Kauffmann's graceful form the Goddess wears.'

Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was one of the leading artists of her day achieving exceptional prominence for a woman at that time. She was acclaimed for her historical and allegorical scenes as well as her portraits. She settled in London and was one of only two women to be founder members of the Royal Academy.

Current Accession Number AH 01120/73
Subject figure; allegory (modesty)
Measurements 61.5 x 50.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Miss Cecily Baumgartner 1973.
Provenance Samuel Knight, Milton Hall Cambridgeshire; purchased by John Percy Baumgerth, Ealland House, Garleston, after 1830.
Rights Owner Lakeland Arts Trust
Author Lisa Howard



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