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image of Lady Caroline Howard Sir Joshua Reynolds (artist)
British, 1723 - 1792
Lady Caroline Howard, 1778
oil on canvas
overall: 143 x 113 cm (56 5/16 x 44 1/2 in.) framed: 167.3 x 138.7 cm (65 7/8 x 54 5/8 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.106
Not on View
From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 7 of 8

Conservation Notes

The medium-lightweight canvas is loosely plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is pinkish white, very thinly applied. The painting is broadly and fluidly executed in thick, opaque layers, with thin translucent glazes in the background. Underlying brushstrokes and an x-radiograph show that the composition has been modified slightly from an underpainted design: the blue sash, for example, was originally broader. There is moderate abrasion in the glazed shadows of the face and in the thinly applied green paint of the trees, and areas of impasto have been slightly flattened during lining. There is some retouching in the face. The medium thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a moderate degree.

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