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A Portrait

I was at the Tate Britain the other day and saw this wonderful portrait of Margaret Sweeney, the Duchess of Argyll. It was painted by Gerald Brockhurst 1890 – 1978.

As I looked at it, I was mesmerised by her gaze. To me her eyes communicate engagement, but also a kind of detachment and distance, as if she is assessing you and trying to grasp something of your character. It is a connected gaze, but cautious and discerning. Just an outstanding portrait.

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  1. That looks almost like a photograph, Don. How do painters capture that subtlety? Amazing.

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    April 2, 2019
    • Don #

      It is amazing LuAnne.The detail of the embroidery around her neck is also quite exquisite. It looks so real.

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      April 2, 2019
      • I am taking a drawing class and even just with pencil I am challenged to capture the shadows, the dimensions… So this painting really struck me. Thanks for sharing.

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        April 2, 2019
      • Don #

        Glad it was helpful, LuAnne. Enjoy the class.

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        April 2, 2019

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