About this artwork
Dressed in Classically inspired robes, Lady Sarah Bunbury pours a libation of oil as an offering to the Three Graces, positioned behind her. Her soon-to-be husband, Charles Bunbury, commissioned this marriage portrait, making her association with the Graces—symbols of fertility and attendants to the Roman goddess of love, Venus—all the more appropriate.
The first president of the Royal Academy in London, Sir Joshua Reynolds urged his fellow artists to paint historical and edifying subjects based on the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. As a portrait painter, he developed a grand style that ennobled the genre by giving his sitters Classical attributes and poses.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
- Lady Sarah Bunbury Sacrificing to the Graces
- England (Artist's nationality:)
- Oil on canvas
- 242.6 × 151.5 cm (95 1/2 × 59 3/4 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kimball Collection