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.
Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Hemyng by Anthony Devis, 17381742
© The Geffrye Museum of the Home
- 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.
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