Georgian silhouettes

Marie Antoinette, by Isabella Beetham

LAST WEDNESDAYI picked up an eighteenth-century silhouette by Isabella Beetham. Beetham is a well-known Georgian artist and her work is much prized by collectors today. She is something of a feminist icon.

She is one of very few eighteenth-century female artists to build a successful career in the male-dominated art world of her time. I came across this silhouettes at an auction, part of the estate of a well-known collector and art historian. I was lucky enough to place a winning bid.

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