L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, October 21, 2016

A lady and her harp

Madame Victoire [Marie Louise Thérèse Victoire de France, daughter of Louis XV] Playing the Harp, by Étienne Aubry, 1773.
 The marquise de Chamillard (?), by Firmin Massot, 1810.
A Young Lady Playing the Harp, by Jan Tilius, circa 1680s.
Louisa, Lady Clarges, by Thomas Gainsborough, circa 1780.
Kitty Stephens, later Countess of Essex, by George Henry Harlow, circa 1815-20.
Lady Frances Pelham-Clinton née Seymour-Conway, Countess of Lincoln, by William Hoare, circa 1775-78.
Portrait of a Young Lady Playing a Harp (miniature), French School, circa 1770-75.
María de los Dolores Collado y Echagüe, duquesa de Bailén, by Vicente Palmaroli y González, circa 1866-69.
St. Cecilia (Mrs. Richard Crowninshield Derby), by John Singleton Copley, 1803.
Cover for Vogue magazine, by A. É. (André Édouard) Marty, 1926.
Sarah Curran Playing the Harp, by William Beechey, circa 1805.
Elizabeth, Lady Craven, later margravine of Anspach, by Thomas Beach, 177(6?).
The Harpist (Florence Griswold), by Alphonse Jongers, 1903.
Marianne Dorothy Harland, later Mrs. William Dalrymple, by Richard Cosway, 1779.


It should be mentioned that some ladies appreciate just a bit more freedom of movement whilst engaging with their instrument.

Venus Playing the Harp (Allegory of Music), by Giovanni Lanfranco, circa 1630-34.


  1. Nothing like a painting by Richard Cosway to set me dreaming. Same feelings evoked by Angelica Kauffmann's work. ¡Maravillas!
    I'm not forgetting the work of a certain young artist named Stephen O'Donnell. His art has also the same effect on me!
    ¡Muchisimas gracias!

    1. Thank you, Maria! Though the "young" made me laugh...! : )