Cloaked in Red

Louisa Sharpe


Having viewed the Liverpool Exhibition of 1835, a critic remarked that “the genius of Louisa Sharpe is truly feminine, all delicate, all poetic”. The comment could also be applied to her portrayal of this lady enveloped in a vibrant red cloak that heightens her fine features and the glossiness of her dark curls.

The portrait is set in a traditional gilt-mounted papier-mâché frame with an acorn hanger.

Louisa Sharpe (1798-1843) was the third daughter of William Sharpe, a Birmingham engraver. In 1834 she married Woldemar Seyffarth LLD of Dresden and thereafter painted under her married name. She exhibited regularly at the Society of Painters in Watercolours and was a regular contributor to Heath’s Drawing Room Portfolio. Following her death in 1843, her obituary described her as able and popular and her art as “the favourites of the public … elaborately wrought … they possessed a charm of colour most gratifying”.

Item Ref. JH004

Size: framed, 158 x 132mm (6½ x 5¼")