Take a look at “Lady Caroline Howard,” painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1778. In this portrait, Lady Caroline is seven years old. Lady Caroline’s father affectionately described his daughter as a determined, strong-minded child. He wrote that she was “always a great favourite.” Reynolds captured some of Lady Caroline’s complexity in the serious, intent expression of her face, her averted gaze, and the tension implied in her closed left hand. What more do you notice in this work of art?
Sir Joshua Reynolds, “Lady Caroline Howard,” 1778, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection