Recently on a visit to The Courtauld Gallery in London’s Somerset House, we were captivated by some of the beautiful ladies of their permanent collection. Allowed to photograph inches from the paintings, we were able to examine and capture the lovely fashion details that were so perfectly rendered, from soft ruffled bonnets to starched lace collars. We also love the color palettes of these paintings, with their warm neutrals contrasting with rich blacks and browns.

Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere” 1881-82 (detail)


Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Gainsborough, 1778

Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Gainsborough, 1778 (detail)

William Beechey, Portrait of Queen Charlotte, 1812

Peter Paul Rubens, The Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1613

Peter Paul Rubens, The Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1613 (detail)

Hans Mielich, Portrait of Anna Reitmor, 1539

George Romney, Portrait of Georgiana, Lady Greville, 1771


George Romney, Portrait of Georgiana, Lady Greville, 1771 (detail)