- Michael Dahl, Swedish, 1659-1743
- Work Locations: England
Swedish, 1659–1743, active in England
Portrait of a Lady, about 1700
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.6
By the late 1600s, England was actively trading with Asia, as this portrait reveals. The sitter wears a loose-fitting dress called an open robe that was introduced from Asia in the 1670s during the reign of King Charles II. The style became the fashion choice for informal portraiture for more than a hundred years. Another exotic detail: the parrot, perched on a tree branch at top left, signaling her family’s likely involvement in international trade.