Unknowns: 1771 | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: Unknowns: 1771

November 18, 2009

Unknowns: 1771

Jean François Colson, Portrait of a Woman, 1771. Formerly in the Contini Bonacossi Collection, Florence.


  1. What a sweet face! Catherine Louise

  2. I think I want her necklace! Holiday gift??

  3. I love her eyes. She's so graceful looking. do you think she would have been considered a beauty then?

    Oh.. and I want her necklace too:)

  4. Yes, a very sweet face, and I like her Head with the smattering of tiny flowers. I'm not sure about the lacy fabric going so high up the sleeve, though.

    Guess we'll have to fight over that necklace! :)

  5. When did the womenfolk become such war mongers? One look at that necklace and one sees that there is enough skinny black ribbon out there for ALL of you to have one. Settle down, she-devils.
    Anywho, she really does have a sweet face. It would be neat to have a wallpaper made up of several images like this one, all loosely strung together with doodly scrolls.

  6. Sweet face, yes, but am I the only one who thinks that the artist captured something behind those slightly crossed-eyes. This is a really unusual portrait: the sitter doesn't look too bright! I'm fascinated!