On the Terrace by Henry Hawkins, 1834
Henry Hawkins may be better known for his landscape and genre paintings but this engaging work demonstrates that he was also an accomplished portrait painter. He has set his sitter within a finely detailed landscape with a view of trees and the hint of a lake.
The young lady is richly dressed in a pretty mauve gown with fashionably puffed sleeves and a pleated bodice. A diaphanous lace wrap lies over her arms and her blonde hair is arranged in a plaited knot with ringlets framing her face.
Signed and dated 1834, the portrait is presented in the original brass frame decorated with flowers.