A portrait miniature of an unknown Lady
A portrait miniature of an unknown Lady
A portrait miniature of an unknown Lady

WILLIAM WOOD (1769-1810)

A portrait miniature of an unknown Lady

1798 United Kingdom

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A young lady with blue and white ribbons in her powdered hair
Set in a shaped gilt-metal frame the reverse with oval aperture to reveal plaited hair within gold mount and blue plastic surround

Wood was a prolific artist painting 1,2111 miniatures between 1790 and 1808 over 60 per annum. In the Victoria and Albert Museum can be found manuscripts listing all his sitters. His entries are detailed; he notes the size of ivories used, their preparation and details of the pigments, and records the practice of "breathing" onto the portraits to allow colours to flow into one another more smoothly.

Men's wigs at the end of the 18th century were generally white, and women's wigs of pastel colors, like pink, light violet or blue. Depending on how wigs were ornamented, they could reveal a person's profession or social status. Wealthier people could cost expensive wig designers and better materials. It is not certain whether the sitter wears a pink wig in this portrait or whether some of Wood's palette has reacted over time.
Mikel Papier Collection
Height 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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