(Ann) Mary Newton (1832-1866)


Oil on canvas

24 in. x 20 1/2 in. (610 mm x 521 mm)

© National Portrait Gallery London, reproduced here by kind permission

Bequeathed by the sitter's husband, Sir Charles Thomas Newton, 1895

Primary Collection, NPG 977

This strikingly beautiful self-portrait, showing the artist not at an easel, but more subtly with a well-filled portfolio of work (see Perry 125-26), balances confidence and modesty perfectly. [Click on the image to enlarge it. Commentary continues below.]