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Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen

1773: Tate Gallery, London

Reynolds seldom persuaded his male sitters to dress in anything but contemporary clothes, but as time passed, more and more of his female subjects wore "Grecian" clothes and were posed doing vaguely Grecian things. The most ambitious of these classicised portraits, painted in 1774, is shown here. This painting shows three daughters of the Scottish jurist and Member of Parliament Sir Williams Montgomery about to drape a garland of flowers on a bust of Hymen, the Greek god of marriage, that stands on a tapered column (known architecturally as a "term").
 
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