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The identity of the sitter has not been confirmed from independent sources. The work could be a fantasy portrait of female elegance in general, a type to which Lili Elbe could aspire. The same person appears in another watercolour that was with Patrick Derom Gallery, Brussels, in 2010. The Derom painting shows the sitter smoking a cigarette in a cigarette holder, shows a second woman applying face powder on the left, appears to be more monochrome than the present painting, and has other differences especially in the background.
watercolour on paper (?)
H 76.2 x W 53.8 cm
purchased by the Wellcome Library at Bonhams Auction House, 2007
Drawing & watercolour