This is one of Angelica Kauffmann’s lesser known portraits. It shows singer Sarah Harrop, around the time of her wedding with Joah Bates 1780, as a muse (Angelica Kauffmann liked painting her female patrons as muses or vestal virgins). It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1781 and then mostly vanished from sight till it was bought by the Princeton University Art Museum in 2010. You can read more about Sarah Harrop, the portrait and its rather complex symbolism here.

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