“Warts and All”

William Wood


This animated portrait of a young lady is by a leading artist from the heyday of miniature painting, William Wood. It shows a young lady with strong facial features (including a blemish on the side of her nose) and a direct gaze. She is wearing an ochre-coloured décolleté dress with a narrow trim in white. Her dark hair is worn cropped and curled, as was the fashion at the turn of the nineteenth century, and is covered with an eye-catching blue turban.

The portrait is set in the original 14 carat gold frame that is enclosed at the back. There is a small area of paint loss on the edge at 4 o’clock and dust under the glass. Otherwise it is in fine condition.

William Wood (1768-1809) entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1785 when just sixteen years of age. He subsequently worked in London, Bristol, and Gloucester. His work is critically well acclaimed.


Item Ref. 5794

Size: 76 x 68mm