French School. Marie Elisabeth Vigee, wife of the dealer Lebrun.
LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST Half length, slightly to the right, the head full face in a broad-brimmed straw hat trimmed with flowers and a feather, and a low-cut dove-coloured silk dress trimmed with a ruched frill of white silk. Round her shoulders is a black silk scarf. The left arm rests on a parapet, the hand holding brushes and a set palette.
This very popular picture, purchased in 1897, is not included in the new catalogue.
THE ARTIST AND HER DAUGHTER Three-quarter length figure. The mother seated on a stool on the left, half to right, but full face. She embraces her child, who stands at her knee with her arm round her mother’s neck. Both are looking at us. The mother is in a white muslin dress which leaves her right shoulder bare, a red sash, and an olive-green mantle which falls over her knees. The child is in a plain blue robe.