Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807)
Angelica Kauffman produced a number of self-portraits during her lifetime, most of which portray her as the consummate artist, active at her easel or with a sketchbook in hand. Kauffman was also a talented musician, said to be a musical prodigy, and in this early work she depicts herself at leisure, playing a guitar with sheets of music open on a table at right.
Oil painting on canvas, Self-portrait by Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807), circa 1764. A half-length to the right, head facing, in white dress, blue cloak and lace headdress, playing a guitar, a score of music beside her on the table.
Accepted by the Treasury in part payment of death-duties from the executors of Edmund Robert Parker, 4th Earl of Morley (1877-1951) and transferred to the Trust in 1957.
Saltram, The Morley Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by HM Treasury, and transferred to The National Trust in 1957)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed top left: Angelica Kauffman Recto: Inscribed top left: Angelica Kauffman Inscribed top right: Angelica Kauffman / pinxit.
Makers and roles
Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807), artist