Youth and the Lady, by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, ROI, RWS (1871-1945), 1900. According to the caption, "Reproduced from the original water-colour, by kind permission of Charles Dowdeswell, Esq., the owner of the picture and its copyright." Source: Sparrow 73. Here "the Lady" is desperately pursuing laughing "Youth," who is tripping quickly and lightly out of a garden gate. "Youth" has wings like peacock feathers, and leaves a trail of rose petals which are still being shed from her bouquet, or rather (it seems) from the hem of her bright pink dress. Though some nearly invisible link connects the two figures, and the "Lady" herself is elegantly and richly dressed, with her Pre-Raphaelite hair flowing, the pursuit may be in vain. Ralph Peacock writes, in a brief introductory essay to "Modern British Women Painters," that "Miss Eleanor Brickdale works, or plays, always with an idea. And the idea she is not satisfied to leave until it has taken on for other eyes a most cunning and beautiful bodily shape, in line, in form, in colour — above all in line. She is probably, without knowing it, as good an antithesis as may be found of the Impressionist, so-called" (72).

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Bibliography

Peacock, Ralph. "Modern British Women painters." Women Painters of the World: From the Time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the Present Day. Ed. Walter Shaw Sparrow. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1905. 65-72. Project Gutenberg (but also available through the Internet Archive, which gives page numbers). Web. 28 December 2018.

Sparrow, Walter Shaw, ed. Women Painters of the World: From the Time of Caterina Vigri, 1413-1463, to Rosa Bonheur and the Present Day. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1905. Project Gutenberg (but also available through the Internet Archive, which gives page numbers). Web. 28 December 2018.


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