An oval reverse glass painting

An oval reverse glass painting


Late 18th century
Height: 15 1/2 in, 39.3 cm

Painted with a young lady, holding a mask in her right hand. She wears a dress, a fur cloak, an elaborate headdress and pearl jewellery. She has long brown hair and her delicate features are finely portrayed.

Formerly in a Western private collection.

This painting relates to the reverse glass painting of “The Fair Nun Unmasked” in our Summer 2011 catalogue, no. 117, pp. 146–7.

For another example of “The Fair Nun Unmasked”, see Child, World Mirrors 1650–1900, no. 834, pp. 372 and 382.