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Angelica Kauffmann

16 of 35 portraits on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

Angelica Kauffmann, by Angelica Kauffmann, circa 1770-1775 - NPG 430 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Angelica Kauffmann

by Angelica Kauffmann
oil on canvas, circa 1770-1775
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
Purchased, 1876
Primary Collection
NPG 430


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  • Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Painter. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 21 portraits.

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  • Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Painter. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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In this self portrait, Kauffmann holds a portfolio and 'porte-crayon', containing her charcoal. She wears an imaginary, 'classical' garment which refers to her place in a lineage of artists. By distancing herself from society and fashion, and depicting herself with the tools of her trade, she makes claims for her principle identity as artist rather than woman.

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