REYNOLDS, Sir Joshua
(b. 1723, Plympton Earl, d. 1792, London)

The Countess of Dartmouth

Oil on canvas, 127 x 102 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

This portrait, as is typical with Reynolds, imbues the sitter with great distinction, achieved through the sumptuous clothes and the expression and pose of the sitter. The exaggerated whiteness of the skin is emphasized by the white ermine and the blood red velvet of the dress. Following the fashion of the time, the cheeks are rouged.

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