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ID number:  BIRBI-56.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Morin, Jean (c. 1590-1650)
Title / Object name:  Margaret Lemon
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  late 1630s
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  310 x 250 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, February 1956

Morin’s print reproduces Van Dyck’s portrait of Margaret Lemon (born about 1614) painted in 1638. The sitter, a courtesan and Van Dyck’s mistress, is known to have posed as his model repeatedly during his visits to England from 1631-41. She glances coquettishly at the viewer whilst holding the front of her silk robes closed with one hand. Her facial
features and hair are engraved with considerable delicacy, whilst the flowers in her hair emphasise her femininity and the sexual connotations surrounding this sitter.

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