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A young Lady

£ 1,000

Artist: Bernard Lens

She wears a gold line blue robe trimmed with gold embroidery and white underslip
signed in gold monogram BL on the obverse

Lens was the miniature painter at the courts of kings George I and George II, instructor in miniature painting (then called limning) to prince William and princesses Mary and Louise and consultant in fine arts to upper-class families.
Lens established himself as a portrait miniaturist, and in 1707 became the first British artist to replace vellum, the traditional medium of miniatures, with ivory. The difficult skill of painting watercolours on ivory was invented in Venice by Rosalba Carriera around 1700 and quickly spread over Europe. The style of Lens was close to that of Carriera, although Lens conservatively employed pencil sketches and heavier paints that reduced translucency of glazes over the ivory substrate.

The gold paint seen in this portrait in the monogram and lace embroidery shine brightly against the surrounding colours.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1720
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed in gold monogram BL
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 24 (#59)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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