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Emma Gaggiotti Richards (1825-1912)

Portrait of the artist Signed and dated 1853

RCIN 408920

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Emma Gaggiotti was born in Rome but moved to London with her English husband in c.1850. Queen Victoria supported women artists and owned a number of works by Gaggiotti. She probably commissioned this self-portrait after seeing a version of it at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1851. Gaggiotti's pose, inspired by Renaissance portraits, is intended to present her as a serious, professional artist rather than an amateur.

Cat. 83