A Lady with a Lyre Guitar (1811). Pietro Nocchi (Italian, c.1783–c.1855). Oil on canvas.The Bowes Museum.
The sitter is represented holding a lyre guitar that probably belonged to the entourage of Napoleon’s sister, Elisa Baciocchi, the Grand Duchess of Lucca. It may be Elisa’s lady-in-waiting Olympia Cenami or the singer and musician Teresa Bottini. The furniture is of the First Empire style. The lyre guitar was popular in Europe between 1780 and 1820, especially in Paris where it was very much in vogue as a salon instrument.
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