James Scouler (about 1740-1812)
Portrait of an unknown woman as 'A Sibyl'
Watercolour on ivory
Signed lower right 'Scouler' and dated '1772'
Museum no. P.42-1977
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Robert L. Bayne-Powell
A sybil was a prophetess in classical mythology. Sir Joshua Reynolds, first president of the Royal Academy, made it fashionable for ladies to be painted in mythological roles. Scouler exhibited 'A Sibyl' at the Royal Academy in 1775.