Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807)
National Trust Inventory Number 872132

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1764
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 889 x 686 mm (35 x 27in)
Place of origin Rome
Collection Saltram, Devon (Accredited Museum)
On show at Saltram, Devon, South West, National Trust

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 music open on a table to her right.

Summary description

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.

Credit line

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

Related items

Place of origin Rome (275)
Materials Giltwood (2458)
Paint (20136)
Category Art / Oil paintings (8381)
Collection Saltram, Devon (Accredited Museum) (8080)
Periods 18th century (51495)
Maker Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807) (75)
Subjects Angelica Kauffman RA (Chur 1741 – Rome 1807) (7)
Self-portrait (44)
Object Type Oil painting (9717)

Record Status


© National Trust Images © National Trust Collections Registered Charity No. 205846

Welcome to National Trust Collections. Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website. If you are planning a visit to see particular items in a National Trust Collection, please check information with the relevant Property first.