black-lace-shawl

At the Opera. Attributed to William Oliver the Elder (British, 1804–1853). Oil on canvas. Manchester City Galleries.

Portrait of an unidentified woman at the opera, seated in a theatre box with her head turned towards the stage, a pair of opera glasses resting on the ledge and a discarded programme lying in her lap. The woman is dressed with a heavy black lace shawl about her shoulders. She wears a pair of pale gloves with black embroidered and lace details on her hands, which rest on her heart.