1 of 9 portraits of Angelica Kauffmann
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Angelica Kauffmann
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
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Ribeiro has pointed out how the fanciful, part classical ‘renaissance’, costume emphasises Kauffmann’s status as an artist and, perhaps, her disdain for the intricacies of high fashion.  NPG 430 has been dated between 1770 and 1775;  the elegant pose, not unrelated to the Reynolds portrait of c.1777, was subsequently developed in the self portraits sold Sotheby’s, 14 June 2001, lot 2, of c.1775-80, at Chur of c.1780, and in Munich of 1784.
Footnotesback to top
1) A. Ribeiro, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p 16.
2) A. Rosenthal, Angelika Kauffmann, Bildnismaleriei im 18, Jahrhundert, 1996, p 324, as 1770-75; B. Baumgärtel et al. Angelika Kauffmann Retrospektive, exhibition catalogue, Dusseldorf, Munich, Chur, 1998, pp 224, 231, as 1770.
Referenceback to top
Williamson & Manners 1924
G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, Angelika Kauffmann, R.A., her life and works, 1924, p 197.
Physical descriptionback to top
Brown eyes, brown hair, wearing a white dress with a yellow shawl, a porte-crayon in her right hand which rests on an upright leather-bound folder.
Provenanceback to top
[By descent to Johann Kauffmann; Georg Kauffmann 1859;1]; 3rd Earl of Morley; his sale Christie’s, 3 June 1876,2 lot 34, purchased.
1 NPG 430 was sold in 1876 with a certificate in German signed by Georg Kauffmann, Dornbirn, 3 August 1859 [trans.]: ‘I the undersigned hereby declare that according to documents in our family the portrait of Angelica Kauffmann was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds the English painter and given by him to Angelica. At her death it came by Will to my late Uncle Johann Kauffmann who left it by Will to me. I declare this to be the truth’. But see the Reynolds portrait of c.1777-78. There was a second portrait of Kauffmann at Saltram.
2 For this sale of part of the Saltram collection, see National Trust, Saltram Guide, 1988, p 63.
Exhibitionsback to top
Kauffmann, Kenwood, 1955 (20); Angelika Kauffmann und ihr Zeitgenossen, Bregenz, Vienna, 1968 (4); Women Artists 1550-1950, Los Angeles, 1977 (49); Eva und due Zukunst, Hamburg, 1986 (224); Travels in Italy, Manchester, 1988 (92); Hommage an Kauffmann, Liechtenstein, Milan, 1992 (4); Mirror, Mirror, NPG, 2001 (n.n.); Beningbrough 1979-.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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