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Post Re: 18th century portraits.
marija wote:

I’ve posted one web address on the topic Princess de Lamballe (Revolution) and that site is amazing! I’ve also recommended some artists.

Could you give us the website address please?

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Mon May 05, 2008 2:07 pm
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Post Re: 18th century portraits.
If you insist monsieur,
this is what I had written some time ago, on the other topic:

I like looking at portraits from 18th century, on http://www.abcgallery.com (Olga’s Gallery) you can find many artworks from all sorts of artists and movements. I strongly recommend you to look works from John Singleton Copley (1737-1815), Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), William Hogarth (1697-1764), Jean-Antoine Watteau…

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thanks!!!! :DDD i love them!


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You’re welcome dear Comte!


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The website is really beautiful...thank you Marja Vera!
I find Gainsborough particularly amazing. I like this portrait for example:

By the way: is it a watch she is wearing on her right arm? I didn't know they already used them.


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I think that actually maybe a bracelet, rather than a watch. :/

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I find the double portrait very interesting...he must of been a wealthy architect for the couple to dress in such finery. Rosalie, I truly love the works of Gainsborough too and Reynolds as well.

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yes hellou, it seems to be a cameo portrait type of bracelet.


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Ops...ok, actually it looked a bit weird :wink:
I also love Reynolds very much, Delicate Fleur!

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yes the detail is very much like the watches of today and if i didnt know about the cameo bracelets, i wouldve assumed the same thing!


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Even we enjoy looking at them (more on people painted than the art technique), some portrait painters had really hated their job and had been doing it mostly because the money.
Gainsborough allegedly had said “The only thing good on them (aristocrats) is their wallet” and had sympathized the poor people more.


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thats sad, i wouldve loved to be that excellent!


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Yes, I guessed for them it was a kind of "minor" genre, and not one in which the artist's genius could fully show itself. Today, instead, looking at those portraits is amazing, maybe just because they bring you in the atmosphere of the period...In the end, it's maybe the best way to see how a person actually looked like in the 18th century: their attitude, their clothing, their behaviour...

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i always think its funny how some portraits of people look way different when theyre by different artists, it makes you wonder how they REALLY looked like...


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I agree with your comments, Rosalie and Comte. Marija, the quote by Gainsborough is incredibly hypocritical, talk about biting the hand that feeds you! I'm not necessarily saying that all aristocrats were flawless, perfect beings but he lived off their generous commission. Perhaps it was easier to earn money as an artist to paint portraits than landscapes etc but something in me recoiled at his [alleged] comment!

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