Spencerian Portrait of a Woman with Folded Hands c. 1880s

Regular price $220.00

Holy moly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more beautiful detail that the interlocking fingers of this woman’s hands, framed by these gorgeous banded cuffs and calligraphic swoops and swirls all around. Perfection. I personally really love the tension between the calligraphic perfection of her dress and arms and cloak and the slight awkwardness of her face, too, which shows a bit of a wider silhouette for her hairstyle in pencil and an earlier attempt at her nose as well, underneath the ink.  With these perfectly almond shaped dark eyes she feels a bit Picasso-esque to me too, actually reminding me a bit of his portrait of Gertrude Stein--as if a this were a portrait of woman looking toward modernity! 

12 5/8” x 12 7/8”, blue ink on watermarked laid paper. There are four small tears long ago repaired with clear tape from the backside, and scattered foxing and stains, but overall good condition and stable. Shipped flat.