May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016

Seated Lady Smoking a Hookah

Seated Lady Smoking a Hookah

c. 1780

Gum tempera, gold, and beetle-wing carapaces on paper

Page: 32.1 x 25.3 cm (12 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.); Image: 24.1 x 16 cm (9 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.106


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The artist has used beetle wings for emeralds in the jewelry.


A lady seated at window smokes a hookah. She wears a translucent lilac blouse and gold trousers and adorns herself with jewelry comprising pearls, gold, and emeralds. Reclining against a large bolster, she is engrossed in smoking her hookah made of gold and porcelain. The painting may have been intended to be presented to the king by the artist.

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