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The Toilette

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1849 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leslie, Charles Robert (R.A.), born 1794 - died 1859 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case EAST WALL

This picture was also called The Necklace. The sitter was reputedly a beauty of mixed Irish and Spanish descent, famous for her 'raven black hair and arched eyebrows'. She also sat for Leslie's picture of Griselda (see FA.128[O]).
Leslie was brought up in the United States, but worked in London. He was a friend and biographer of the landscape painter John Constable.

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting a woman with long black hair and a loose fitting white dress, seated behind a dressing table, admiring a necklace

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1849 (painted)


Leslie, Charles Robert (R.A.), born 1794 - died 1859 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel


Height: 30.5 cm estimate, Width: 25.4 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'The Toilette' by Charles Robert Leslie. Great Britain, ca. 1849.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 172


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Toilette; Necklace; Woman




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