Miss Elizabeth Ingram

Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1757

WAG 6200

About this object

This work is very much a typical portrait of the day. The sitter is placed within a vaguely classical setting, the column to the left recalling the architectural, and by association, intellectual and moral authority of ancient Greece or Rome. Reynolds' handling of paint, especially in the dress, is however, exceptional and elevates the work above the average.

What makes this painting more interesting today is the manner in which it has aged. When painted, Miss Ingram would have had a healthy complexion. The use of unstable pink pigments has resulted in her current pale state. This gives the portrait a much more arresting quality than perhaps it had when it was new.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Sir Joshua Reynolds (British: English, born:1723-07-16, died:1792-02-23)
  • Date
    1757
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 127 x 101.5 cm: frame: 157 x 131.3 cm
  • Physical description
    Portrait of a lady wearing blue with one hand touching a vase of flowers on the right. A cloudy sky has been created as a decorative background.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; Ingram Fuller Godfrey (Previous owner) ; W H S Godfrey (Previous owner) ; H F Ingram (Previous owner) ; Sir Joshua Reynolds (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6200
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund in 1964
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 05
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1964
    Disposal method: Sold on behalf of the late W H S Godfrey to the Walker Art Gallery
  • W H S Godfrey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: By descent from his great-uncle Ingram Fuller Godfrey
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously through Agnew's Gallery
  • Ingram Fuller Godfrey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: By descent from his uncle H F Ingram
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: By descent to his great-nephew W H S Godfrey
  • H F Ingram

    Owned from: 1863
    How acquired: By descent from the sitter, his great-aunt
    Owned until: ?-
    Disposal method: By descent to his nephew Ingram Fuller Godfrey

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J.R 1757
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Base of column
Object view = Fine Art
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