Early 20th Century
The New Hat

Oil on canvas on board
Image size: 15 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches (40 x 55 cm)

 

This sensitive portrait captures the use of contemporary dress of this lady beautifully. The cut and fabric of the dress, and the hat with its generous covering of blue cloth material, suggest an Edwardian middle-class girl in her best clothes on a summer outing.

The sitter is sat in a full length pose with the light streaming in through the window. Here, the artist introduces as a feature the use of curtains to frame the sitter, the colours harmonising with the armchair the sitter rests in.