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Joshua Reynolds

Portrait of a Young Woman in a Turban, Holding a Letter

Artist

Joshua Reynolds
Plympton, England, 1723 – London 1792

Title

Portrait of a Young Woman in a Turban, Holding a Letter

Date

About 1760-1765

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

91.1 x 71.8 cm

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1945.912

Collection

Western Art

This portrait represents a fashionably attired subject leaning informally on a low wall in a park. She is dressed “à la turque,” with a turban and aigrette, and adorned with pearls, offering the artist further opportunities to explore the qualities and surfaces of tones of white. Her turban may be derived from an illustration in Thomas Jefferys’ A Collection of the Dresses of Different Nations of 1757.

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