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Sands was a great friend of the painter Walter Sickert, despite the fact that he was inclined to exclude women from the development of modern art. This painting suggests that Sands was not fooled by her colleague's self-importance. Sickert’s demeanour - and the view-point taken by the artist - encourage the viewer to appraise the scene with the same shrewd humour as the artist herself.

February 2010