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An Unknown Lady
  • Louis-Ami Arlaud-Jurine (1751 - 1829)
  • An Unknown Lady
  • England
  • mid 1790s
  • Miniature
  • Painted on ivory
  • Image size: 10.3 x 8.2 cm
    Frame size: 20.9 x 12.8 cm
  • Signature: 'Arlaud'
    Label: 'P. M. HERBERT / Miniaturista y Fotografo / de S.S.M.M. y A.A. Calle del Prado, 10, 3° / MADRID' Printed
  • M3
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Further Reading
  • Arlaud spent most of his career in Geneva but was in London 1792-1802. The documentary records are unclear, but he may have shown more than forty minitures at the Royal Academy's exhibitions between 1782 and 1800, and then a further work in 1825. This miniature was probably painted in London. It shows a lady wearing a white muslin dress of a kind to be seen in many portraits of women from the 1790s by artists such as Romney, Hoppner and Opie. She has also wrapped a white muslin scarf round her head, perhaps in imitation of some Revolutionary French styles which had crossed the Channel by this time.