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In this family portrait, the artist shows herself in the background, with her future husband, the painter Richard Carline, seated between his mother and sister, the painter Hilda Carline. The artist's fluid brushwork gives the painting a spontaneous look, as though it were sketched on the spot at their family home in Hampstead. Yet in fact, she has used the painting to blend past and present. It was painted a year after the mother's death and commemorates her enduring spirit and psychological impact on the members of this close-knit family group.
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