The Ladies Waldegrave

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The Ladies Waldegrave 1780
Reynolds was particularly skilled at choosing poses and actions which suggested a sitter's character and which also created a strong composition. Here, three sisters, the daughters of the 2nd Earl Waldegrave, are shown collaboratively working on a piece of needlework. The joint activity links the girls together. On the left, the eldest, Lady Charlotte, holds a skein of silk, which the middle sister, Lady Elizabeth, winds onto a card. On the right, the youngest, Lady Anna, works a tambour frame, using a hook to make lace on a taut net.

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  • Acc. No. NG 2171
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 143.00 x 168.30 cm (framed: 171.20 x 196.00 x 10.00cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of The Cowan Smith Bequest and the Art Fund 1952