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Portrait of a Lady

Artist:
Lawrence Kilburn (or Kilbrunn) (1720–1775)
Date:
1764
Geography:
Made in United States
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.259
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
Kilburn arrived in New York from London in 1754 and remained the unrivalled portraitist of choice in the city for nearly twenty years. As seen here, he pleased his clients by offering them inventive attributes—such as the compelling miniature portrait this young lady wears on her wrist—and traditional English-style portraits. He paid attention to detail, had skill in the rendering of fabric, and was able to capture a strong likeness, which was rare in colonial New York City.
Signature: [at lower left]: L. Kilbrunn / 1764
[signed and inscribed on original lower stretcher (which has been attached to replacement stretcher)]: L. Kilburnn 17_ _
Private collection until 1986; with Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1986-1997; private collection, Connecticut, until 2001; with Arthur Liverant and Son, December 2001 through present. [As of this writing, May 23, 2002, research continues to flesh out the prior history of ownership.]
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