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A half-length seated portrait of an elderly gypsy woman. She sits against the door of her caravan which is brightly painted in red, green and yellow. The woman has black hair, which is plaited at the sides. She is dressed in a flamboyant outfit of black fedora with a pink brooch or feather at the side and several large black feathers plumes at the top. She wears large heavy gold earrings, a multicoloured bow at the neck, and a green scarf which hangs down at the front, fastened by a silver coin brooch. Her dress is of a dark material with multicoloured speckles. Over this, she wears a tasselled shawl of broad pink, red and yellow stripes and a white waist apron. She has her hands folded on her lap, and wears a silver ring on the third finger of her right hand.

Nottingham Castle



Fine Feathers




oil on canvas


H 101.6 x W 76.2 cm

Accession number

NCM 1949-91

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1949

Work type



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