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Young Woman Seated in the Shade of a Tree

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Full-length portrait of a light-skinned woman with black hair pinned up, gazing off to the viewer's right. She wears a delicate white gown with billowing sleeves and blue silk sash and holds a straw sun hat in front of a large dark tree surrounded by flowering bushes.

Antoine Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, Young Woman Seated in the Shade of a Tree, ca. 1830; Oil on canvas, 67 x 45 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. Conservation funds generously provided by the Annenberg Foundation for Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Young Woman Seated in the Shade of a Tree
Antoine Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot

Antoine Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot ranks among the most versatile and prolific female artists of the early 19th century.

The artist received royal commissions, exhibited more than 110 works at the prestigious Paris Salons, and welcomed opportunities to paint on a large scale, as she did in Young Woman in the Shade of a Tree.

The large size of this canvas suggests that this work may have been destined for a museum. Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, the sheer size of the canvas and her dress suggest a woman of importance.

The landscape behind the sitter recalls Lescot’s earlier paintings depicting peasant life in a bucolic Italy. Such images were part of a trend to portray an unspoiled past of innocence and simplicity. These qualities impart a sense of ease to this formidable portrait.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Antoine Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot
  • Title

    Young Woman Seated in the Shade of a Tree
  • Date

    ca. 1830
  • Medium

    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions

    67 x 45 1/2 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. Conservation funds generously provided by the Annenberg Foundation for Les Amis du NMWA, Paris, France
  • Photo Credit

    Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display

    No