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Print - Contemplating the Picture

Contemplating the Picture

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1781-1784 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laneau (printmaker)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stipple etching

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf EE, box 182

Physical description

Print, stipple etching of a woman looking at a portrait miniature, she is holding, while seated next to a table on which are writing implements.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1781-1784 (printed)


Laneau (printmaker)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Stipple etching


Height: 26.8 cm sheet size (cut to), Width: 20.5 cm sheet size (cut to)

Descriptive line

Print, 'Contemplating the Picture', a stipple etching depicting a woman looking at a portrait miniature, by Laneau after John Raphael Smith, England, 1781-1784

Labels and date

This woman is absorbed by the portrait miniature she is holding. Her act of viewing suggests her emotional state and the outlines of a story. Maybe she is looking at the miniature because of the absence or loss of the person it depicts? Perhaps it is a portrait of her lover? []

Subjects depicted

Women; Miniatures


Prints; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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