Detail of an exquisitely rendered full-length portrait of a beautiful and confident young woman wearing a sumptuous satin and lace evening gown and holding a feathered hat.

Julius LeBlanc Stewart

American, 1855-1919

Young Beauty in a White Dress

Oil on canvas

60 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches

Signed lower right;

inscribed on the stretcher

Julius LeBlanc Stewart was born in 1855 to a wealthy Philadelphia family with strong ties to the art world. Stewart was the son of distinguished businessman William Hood Stewart, whose wealth was inherited from the family’s Cuban sugar plantation. The Stewart family expatriated to Paris in 1865 when Julius was just ten years old, joining a large circle of Americans engaged in the arts. Stewart spent his formative years in Paris and was fully exposed to the dynamic art scene throughout his life, eventually earning the nickname “Parisian from Philadelphia.”

Stewart first exhibited his work at the Paris Salon in 1878, and quickly rose to fame for his paintings portraying wealthy and fashionable members of Parisian society and American expatriates. The present work, Young Beauty in a White Dress is an exquisitely rendered full-length portrait of a beautiful and confident young woman wearing a sumptuous satin and lace evening gown and holding a feathered hat. Despite her rich surroundings the woman casually leans against a fanciful settee, posing as if Stewart has just captured a passing moment in her day. Stewart was praised for his ability to portray the casual elegance of his subjects, which is evident in this painting.

Detail of an exquisitely rendered full-length portrait of a beautiful and confident young woman wearing a sumptuous satin and lace evening gown and holding a feathered hat.