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Creator:
George James, active from 1755–died 1795, British
Title:

A Whole Length of a Lady of Petrella, in the Kingdom of Naples

Date:
Exhibited 1762
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76 x 59 1/2 inches (193 x 151.1 cm) and 86 × 69 1/2 inches (218.4 × 176.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2012.18.2
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | cityscape | costume | dog (animal) | dog collars | figure study | fruit | Italian | umbrella
Associated Places:
Italy | Naples
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:66182
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George James studied painting in Italy during the 1750s, returning to London in 1760. He exhibited this painting of an unknown Neapolitan woman at the Free Society of Artists in London two years later. Foreign customs and costumes encountered on the Grand Tour were a source of fascination for British travelers. The averted eyes of the woman allowed viewers to gaze upon her foreign attire voyeuristically. The Eucharistic procession in the background accentuates the foreignness of the scene, as Catholicism was still proscribed in Britain.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



George James studied painting in Italy during the 1750s, returning to London in 1760. He exhibited this painting of an unknown Neapolitan woman at the Free Society of Artists in London two years later. Foreign customs and costumes encountered on the Grand Tour were a source of fascination for British travelers. The averted eyes of the woman allowed viewers to gaze upon her foreign attire voyeuristically. The Eucharistic procession in the background accentuates the foreignness of the scene, as Catholicism was still proscribed in Britain.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

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