Portrait of a Young Lady by Michael William Sharp

This work depicts a privileged young married woman surrounded by objects demonstrating her accomplishments - a guitar, piano and writing equipment.


Oil on canvas
88.9 x 69.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £4,000)
Acquired in:
Executors of the late Sir Edward Ford

The ermine robe suggests she may be from a noble family. Sharp moved to Norwich about 1783 and met John Crome during his time there. He later painted Crome's portrait which now hangs in the museum and became president of the Norwich Society of Artists in 1817.


Mrs R Clifford-Turner; Christie's, 1973; Sir Edward Ford.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

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