Born in Switzerland in 1741, Kauffman was quickly recognised as a child prodigy. Her father, a painter himself, gave her drawing lessons from a young age as the family moved between Austria, Switzerland and Italy. In Italy she established a reputation as an artist and was elected a member of the Roman Accademia di San Luca at the age of 23, before moving to London in 1766.

She spent only 15 years in England, but made a significant impact on the 18th-century London art scene, becoming one of only two female Founder Members of the Royal Academy.


  • Title: Self-portrait
  • Creator: Angelica Kauffman RA
  • Date Created: 1770
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • Medium: Etching
  • Royal Academy Picture Library number: PL004836
  • Physical dimensions: Height: 18 cm, width: 14.5 cm

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