samedi 11 mai 2013

William Hogarth - Mary Edwards

William Hogarth 1697-1764
Mary Edwards 1742

 William Hogarth. Mary Edwards. 1742

William Hogarth. Mary Edwards. 1742.
Oil on canvas
 The Frick Collection, New York, USA.

Mary Edwards (1705–43), one of the richest women of her time, repudiated her marriage to an extravagant husband, although this was tantamount to declaring her son illegitimate.
She was Hogarth’s friend and arguably his most significant patron during the decade 1733–43. The monumental portrait of Miss Edwards, wearing magnificent jewels and a striking red dress, is a masterpiece in the series of Hogarth’s commanding middle-class portraits, which includes the famous Captain Coram. The open scroll prominently displayed beside the subject champions the virtues of liberty and property that she would have appreciated as manager of a great fortune.

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