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Furse has presented Diana, Goddess of Love, in a contemporary setting. The model was his wife Katherine, who recalled 'Charles had the design of the wind-blown figure in his mind and knew exactly what he wished to produce. But there came a moment when he was very anxious to see the whole effect, so I dressed up and my stepmother-in-law Gertude was brought in to help the wind. We hired two greyhounds for the picture, a white and a black and when he wanted a piebald, Charles made a combinazione of the two'. Katherine Furse carved the frame, and later led a distinguished career as head of the VAD nurses and WRNS. The picture enjoyed great contemporary success, and is evidence of the renewed interest at this time in Gainsborough.

August 2004