Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Hemyng by Anthony Devis

This portrait is of a slightly forbidding spinster wearing a fashionable, Spitalfields silk open robe of yellow and white, which can be dated 1738-42.


Oil on canvas
53 x 41 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,350 ( Total: £3,850)
Acquired in:
Romulus Antiques

She seems to be holding a container of perfume. The room in which she sits is furnished in the middle-class manner of the time - austerely but elegantly.

Venue details

The Geffrye Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London London E2 8EA 020 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

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