Two portraits of Kinson show two women wearing the same hat. The first represents the Marquise Amelot de Chaillou wearing a dress very similar to the one in our painting with a neckline entirely enriched with stones and the cuffs of the sleeves also end in a sort of cuff on which precious stones are sewn.
The second painting represents Madame Lestapis wearing a hat that is also very similar.
François Joseph Kinson (1770-1839) studied at the Academy of Bruges under the aegis of Bernard Fricx and the ornamanist Louis Fréderik de Grave, then he left for Brussels and specialized in the art of portraiture which he is worth a solid reputation, which decides him to participate in 1799 in the Paris Salon with the portrait of a woman next to a harp. This monumental painting earned him many commissions from the Parisian high society of the Consulate.
In 1810, he was appointed court painter to Jérôme Bonaparte king of Westphalia, he stayed three years in Cassel and back in France he became painter to the Duke of Angoulême, son of the future Charles X.
The 1820s marked its peak. He participated in the Salons until 1838 and died in Bruges during a family trip.
140 x 113 cm with the frame