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The picture shows a courtesan in masquerade costume with her veil suggesting that she is a nun.  Entertainments such as masquerades in which fancy dress took a major part were hugely popular.  Here, the artist has chosen to mock the convention whereby ladies of easy virtue could employ the subterfuge of religious dress, including the use of devotional jewellery, to entice potential 'clients'.  The description of a woman as a 'nun' in 18th century Protestant England was to imply that she was a whore.
  • Date: c1769
  • Accession number: LEEAG.1948.0009.0001
  • Location: Temple Newsam House

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  • Material: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions (H,W,D): object height (support): 762mm object width (support): 635mm

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    Painting
    Image Title:
    Painting

    Artist(s):
    Henry Morland

    Accession Number:
    LEEAG.1948.0009.0001

    Additional Information:
    The picture shows a courtesan in masquerade costume with her veil suggesting that she is a nun.  Entertainments such as masquerades in which fancy dress took a major part were hugely popular.  Here, the artist has chosen to mock the convention whereby ladies of easy virtue could employ the subterfuge of religious dress, including the use of devotional jewellery, to entice potential 'clients'.  The description of a woman as a 'nun' in 18th century Protestant England was to imply that she was a whore.