Lady Hamilton as the Persian Sibyl (1790-91)
This was one of Vigée-Lebrun’s personal favorite portraits and which she carried it with her throughout Europe.
“I remember that when I did my first picture of her, as a sibyl, she was living at Caserta, whither I went every day, desiring to progress quickly with the picture. The Duchess de Fleury and the Princess de Joseph Monaco were present at the third sitting, which was the last. I had wound a scarf round her head in the shape of a turban, one end hanging down in graceful folds. This head-dress so beautified her that the ladies declared she looked ravishing.” - Memoirs of Madame Vigée-Lebrun