Beautifully and intricately custom made for The Huntington with the image of Jane Fleming by Joshua Reynolds, held in The Huntington's collections.
- 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 7 1/2". Removable inside drawer/box is 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 2"
- Handcrafted in California with exquisite craftsmanship
- D̩coupage with a mix of hand-applied heritage paints, craquel̩ andåÊfine metals, various methods of layering, and techniques of alchemy that wereåÊused by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century
- Limited Edition
About the painting: Jane Fleming, later Countess of Harrington, ca.1778-1779, Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723-1792), 94 1/4 x 58 1/16". Oil on canvas. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Reynolds combined several elements in this portrait: idealization and the theatrical presentation of his sitter, as well as references to contemporary fashion. To invest his sitter, Jane Fleming, with cultural authority, Reynolds modeled her pose on the Apollo Belvedere, a renowned sculpture from antiquity. The influence of classical imagery is also clear in the gown's rhythmic folds of fabric and the Greek key pattern along its hem. Contemporary audiences would have recognized Jane's outstretched hand and arm as a conventional theater gesture that actors assumed when about to speak. Reynolds also refers to contemporary fashion, depicting Jane's hair ornamented by the ostrich feathers that the Duchess of Devonshire had recently made popular.
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