Portrait of a Young Lady Sitting with Fan

Thomas Dicksee, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in circa 1840s-1890s. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
“At first glance I was overwhelmed by the elegance of this painting. The intense hue and detailing of the silk dress is quite splendid. On closer inspection, I find the young lady has an air of melancholy and while she appears to be looking at the artist, her gaze at the same time seems quite distant. With such a large Spanish style fan, perhaps she is fatigued by the summer heat? The acutely observed background continues to draw you in and one can’t help but notice the opulence of the damask wallpaper, the silk covered gilt chair, her discarded needlework, the marble topped Rococo table and the pedestal vase of flowers with the touch of a fallen petal, all exquisitely painted. The Moorish side table and the Berber rug make me think she could perhaps be of Spanish nobility?”
- Tracy Byatt 'My Choice' March 2021
Image 765 x 610mm
Frame 1020 x 810 x 90mm
oil on canvas
Sumptuous portrait of a woman seated in a room and holding a fan. She is wearing a two tiered frilled white skirt with a pink frilled top and frilled sleeves. She is holding a black fan open, against the back of her inclined head. In the background on the left is an ornate carved wooden table with a vase of flowers on top. At the subject's left elbow is a small table with a white lacy cloth and a cylindrical object on it.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Bequest of Miss F.J. Montgomery Moore, 1950
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Dec 1950



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