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Randolph Stanley Hewton

Interior with Lady

Artist

Randolph Stanley Hewton
Mégantic, Quebec, 1888 – Trenton, Ontario, 1960

Title

Interior with Lady

Date

1921

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

91.5 x 61 cm

Credits

Purchase, Harry W. Thorpe Bequest, inv. 1979.23

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Although the clothing in this painting of an unnamed individual might seem to suggest that the sitter is a maid, this identification is an unlikely one. The colour scheme, relying on whites, greys and black, would be appropriate for a maid’s clothing, but a uniform of the period usually included a white collar and cuffs, and certainly not the low, square neckline seen here. In addition, the white “apron” in a maid’s uniform would cover the entire bodice rather than feature a plunging line. The inclusion of a broad-brimmed hat would have been equally unsuitable.

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