National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Corinthian Maid Joseph Wright (artist)
British, 1734 - 1797
The Corinthian Maid, 1782-1784
oil on canvas
overall: 106.3 x 130.8 cm (41 7/8 x 51 1/2 in.) framed: 135.9 x 158.8 x 8.2 cm (53 1/2 x 62 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.46
On View
From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 7 of 8

Conservation Notes

The canvas appears to be finely twill woven; it has been lined, probably at the time it was sold to Paul Mellon. The ground is white, of moderate thickness. The painting is executed thinly, smoothly, and precisely, with drier, thicker highlights. There are slight pentimenti in the female figure: the upright fingers of her left hand were originally placed about 1 cm. to the right, and her right hand was further to the left; vague forms below her arms and around her profile suggest that there were also slight changes in these areas. The paint surface is slightly abraded, and has been flattened during lining. There are several large areas of discolored retouching. The thick synthetic resin varnish has discolored slightly.

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