Lady Catherine Stepney as Cleopatra
Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-83)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London [A.8-1964. Bequeathed by Miss Dorothy Manners]
According to the museum chat label, "Lady Stepney (1778-1845) was a novelist and a London society hostess. Here she is depicted as Cleopatra, queen of Eygpy, with the asp that Cleopatra used to commit suicide coiling around her right arm."
Photograph by George P. Landow 2008
Plain background created by Ruth M. Landow with Photoshop