George Chapman, Frances Graham (1854–1940)

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All Rights Reserved)


Country House
Mells Manor
Frances Graham (1854–1940)
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 110 cm, Overall width: 71 cm
George Chapman (fl. 1863-1874)
Catalogue Number


For Chapman’s biography see MM65. Although undated, the present portrait appears to be have been completed around 1870 when Frances Graham was sixteen years old. She was the fourth daughter of Sir William Graham. In this portrait, Frances is depicted in a white chiffon gown with a lavender sash. Her right hand glances her right hip while her left hand rests on a ledge. The ungloved left hand may have been a symbol of her forthcoming eligibility for marriage. Her hair is pulled back from her neck and shoulders in a more formal manner than that in the portrait of her sister, Amelia (MM65).

by Devon Cox

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