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Joshua Reynolds

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


Joshua Reynolds
Plympton, England, 1723 – London 1792


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


About 1760-1765


Oil on canvas


91.1 x 71.8 cm


Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1945.912


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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