Artwork Title: Portrait of Grace - Artist Name: William Orpen

Portrait of Grace

William Orpen, 1907

"The elaborate costume Grace, Orpen’s wife, wears - as well as a homage to William Nicholson’s fondness for gloves - illustrates her penchant for hats. Here she wears a large, stiff brimmed hat decked with either roses or peonies and a transparent veil, which cascades seductively over her face. The whole ensemble denotes elegant Edwardian living. Grace’s face is caught by a flush of light from below, creating an arresting portrait."
female portraithatoil on canvas

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