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This painting was controversial when it arrived at the Harris in 1927 because it was our first painting to feature a naked woman. Some Councillors thought it would corrupt the morals of Prestonians. Watson uses Oriental-style fabrics as a background. From the 1800s, some European artists used Eastern motifs when painting women, believing it added a mysterious sensuality.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    117 x 81.5 cm

  • Accession number

    PRSMG : P670

  • Acquisition method



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Harris Museum & Art Gallery

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