Oil on Canvas 18 x 15in (46 x 38cm)
The lady cogitates, wonders whether to apply a touch more white lead, noticing herself older today than she was yesterday morning, before the ball..
Why paint the past? -- In this case merely because an old print of an 18th century pencil sketch of table and lady came to hand and I started on the drapery, thinking it would be a good exercise in dealing in colour with the folds, highlights and shadows, and of course texture, rendered in the drawing. Once started, I felt obliged to provide a setting; and this became in the end quite elaborate. Other than that, though, I could equally turn the question: Why not paint the past -- at least occasionally?.