|Reclining Woman With a Fan|
'Ooooooh! That's lovely!' I exclaimed enthusiastically, but then, horror of horror, I saw the dread words 'Unknown Artist'. It isn't signed and there is no hint in the records as to who painted her. At that moment I sounded the Art Detective alarm and gathered you all...
So, what do we have? The date range given is 1880 to 1910, mainly due to the style of clothing and the vaguely aesthetic nature of the composition, however I would be willing to dip back to 1860-70, because if you're after a woman in white clutching a fan, I have a bucketful...
|Woman With a Fan (1870) D G Rossetti|
Part of my love of the Unknown Woman is that when I see fans I think of Fanny and all those glorious 1860s images of her. It immediately infuses the image with luxury and richness and a little superior debauchedness, like this one...
|Monna Vanna (1865) D G Rossetti|
|The Feather Fan William Strang|
So, thinking caps on, my friends, and feel free to shout suggestions at me. If you feel adventurous and would like to see the reclining lady in person, apply to Mr Walker at The Russell-Cotes and he'll arrange an appointment.
Also, if you are in Bournemouth on Sunday 10th June (tomorrow), you can hear Mr Walker talk at the Russell-Cotes at 11am and 2pm as part of their 'Behind the Scenes with the Curator' talks. There are details on the website.
I'm off to do the final proof read of Stunner 2.0 and will bring you news soon!