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George Chapman, Frances Graham (1854–1940)

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All Rights Reserved)

Details

Country House
Mells Manor
Title(s)
Frances Graham (1854–1940)
Date
c.1870
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 110 cm, Overall width: 71 cm
Artist
George Chapman (fl. 1863-1874)
Catalogue Number
MM66

Description

For Chapman’s biography see MM65. Although undated, the present portrait appears to be have been completed around 1870 when Frances Graham was sixteen years old. She was the fourth daughter of Sir William Graham. In this portrait, Frances is depicted in a white chiffon gown with a lavender sash. Her right hand glances her right hip while her left hand rests on a ledge. The ungloved left hand may have been a symbol of her forthcoming eligibility for marriage. Her hair is pulled back from her neck and shoulders in a more formal manner than that in the portrait of her sister, Amelia (MM65).

by Devon Cox

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