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Portrait of a lady
(early 19th century)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
125.7 × 95.3 cm
Accession Number
p.301.11-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by the Commissioners of Fine Arts for Victoria, 1865
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

Collection of Joseph L. Grundy (1812–1902), Melbourne, 1858–65, as Portrait of a Lady by Joshua Reynolds; exhibited Fine Arts Exhibition, Collins St, Melbourne, 1861, no. 37 as Portrait of Lady Hamilton, by Joshua Reynolds; exhibited, Melbourne Public Library and Picture Gallery, 1864–65, lent by Joseph Grundy, as by Joshua Reynolds[1]; purchased for the NGV, 1865.[2]

[1] See ‘The Art Exhibition at the Public Library’, in The Australian News for Home Readers, Melbourne, Wednesday 25 January 1865, p. 11, accessed http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63170882; and also ‘The Victorian Art Exhibition’, in The Argus, Melbourne, Tuesday 27 December 1864, p 5–6, accessed http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5740667

[2] Reattributed, from Reynolds, to George Romney shortly after its acquisition by the Gallery. Reattributed in 1868 following examination under microscope 1868 to William Beechey. See under ‘Monday 18 May 1868’ in The Argus, Melbourne, Monday 18 May 1868, p. 5, accessed http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page221268



Exhibited: Fine Arts Exhibition, Collins St, Melbourne, 1861, no. 37 as Portrait of Lady Hamilton, by Joshua Reynolds; Melbourne Public Library and Picture Gallery, 1864–65, lent by Mr Grundy, as by Joshua Reynolds; possibly Fine Arts Gallery (Compartment 10), Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866, no. 310 as Portrait of a Lady by Unknown.