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This work relates to the tradition of full-length portraits of women that is associated in particular with the work of earlier artists, such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. However, it is executed with a clarity and precision that give it an unmistakeably modern feeling. Frampton said that he made this painting as 'a relaxation from commissions, and to celebrate an assembly of objects... beautiful in their own right'. The sitter was Margaret Austin-Jones, then aged twenty three. Her dress was made up from a Vogue pattern by Frampton's mother. The vase, made in mahogany, was designed by Frampton himself.

August 2004