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Costumed Woman with Vegetables

Monogrammist M (French, mid-19th century)
mid-19th century
Watercolor and gouache on cream laid paper
12 x 8 1/16 in. (30.5 x 20.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This elegant, carefully rendered watercolor has persistently puzzled scholars, who first associated it with the work of a Franco-Spanish artist but have now come to recognize its nineteenth-century British provenance. The monogram at the bottom right bears some resemblance to that of the English artist John Everett Millais, but as the drawing shares no stylistic similarities with Millais’s work, it seems more likely that the monogram was added later, either in error or as a deliberate deception.
Signature: Monogram (lower right): M [intertwined with] I (?)
Robert Lehman, New York
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